Brazil exported 3,06 million 60kg bags of green coffee in March, which is 2,7% less than in the same month a year earlier, the Cecafe exporters' association said in a monthly report on Monday. Arabica coffee shipments fell 6,3% in March to 2,71 million bags in March, while robusta coffee exports increased 38% to 351 bags, according to the industry group. The Cecafe chief was broadly positive about the month's data despite a slight decrease in volumes, saying the sector is facing challenges. According to him, there are still a limited number of containers at the disposal of exporters, so careful planning of deliveries is required in order to meet the deadlines. At the same time, the head of Cecafe foresees a reduction in monthly volumes in the new season, which begins in July, and links this with the fact that this year the country will harvest a much smaller harvest in the inter-annual period of the two-year production cycle of Arabica.