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  • 1.2.8-WORLD COFFEE TRADE-STOCKS IN PRODUCING COUNTRIES

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  • Stocks in producing countries

     
     

    Extreme caution must be exercised when looking at producer-held stock figures, as the numbers involved do not necessarily reflect true availability. In some cases the official estimates will underestimate the amount held as it is often impossible to record the total volume held in private hands in a country, while in other cases the figures will exaggerate the amount available. This was certainly the case in the past when stocks, whether of exportable quality or not, played an important role in determining a producing country’s quota at the ICO, as it was to a country’s advantage to record the highest possible stock figure.  

    Furthermore, stock verifications ceased in 1989 with the suspension of the quota system. Although the figures produced from the verification exercise were questionable, they were the product of a reasonably rigorous procedure. Since then the figures have been based on national estimates and there has been no independent verification of the accuracy or otherwise of these figures. As a result published statistics are subject to frequent revisions, some of which are substantial going back over a number of years.  A degree of caution is therefore necessary when using these figures in any analysis. 

    Opening stocks by type, crop years 2005/06 – 2009/10
    (in thousands of bags)
     

    Crop Years  

    2005/06 

    2006/07 

    2007/08 

    2008/09 

    2009/10 

    World 

    37,077 

    28,311 

    27,753 

    19,122 

    21,901 

     Arabicas  

     Of which from: 

    28,081 

    21,912 

    21,309 

    14,555 

    16,345 

       Brazil 

    23,138 

    16,992 

    17,471 

    11,704 

    13,325 

       Colombia 

    442 

    855 

    819 

    366 

    25 

       Other Latin America 

    2,424 

    2,524 

    1,370 

    830 

    763 

       Africa 

    1,579 

    1,153 

    1,145 

    1,305 

    1,973 

       Asia and the Pacific 

    498 

    388 

    504 

    350 

    259 

     Robustas, 

     Of which from 

    8,996 

    6,399 

    6,447 

    4,567 

    5,556 

       Brazil 

    5,785 

    4,248 

    4,368 

    2,926 

    2,331 

       Other Latin America 

    16 

    5 

    2 

    2 

    2 

       Viet Nam 

    580 

    500 

    833 

    526 

    640 

       Indonesia 

    286 

    150 

    30 

    56 

    668 

       Other Asia and Pacific 

    1,233 

    786 

    849 

    520 

    412 

       Cőte d’Ivoire 

    716 

    282 

    124 

    458 

    970 

       Uganda 

    242 

    264 

    120 

    20 

    23 

       Other Africa 

    137 

    64 

    121 

    59 

    510 

     Shares (per cent) 

     

     

     

     

     

       Arabicas 

    75.7 

    77.4 

    76.8 

    76.1 

    74.6 

       Robustas 

    24.3 

    22.6 

    23.2 

    23.9 

    25.4