Chile launches 2022/23 fruit export season

Chilean Agriculture Minister Esteban Valenzuela and representatives of fruit export industry associations officially launched the 2022/23 fruit export season at a ceremony at the South Pacific Terminal (TPS) in Valparaiso, Chile, Nov. 22.

The Chilean AgriWorld website reports that Valenzuela called for public and private sector synergy, saying: “It is good to be able to launch the fruit export season in a year of good rains, which is expected to be a good time to export carrion to Asia, especially to China, and we are working in synergy with the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex) to achieve full traceability of the fruit and avoid downtime It is a challenge to cause damage to the production chain, and we are doing our best.”

According to Iván Marambio, president of Asoex, “We are optimistic about the 2022/23 fruit export season. Previously, we were committed to a public-private partnership to deal with the complex logistics, which was to maintain Chile’s leadership as a southern hemisphere fruit exporter.”

Marambio predicts that although the 2022/23 fruit export season will see a decline in Chile’s fresh grape and blueberry exports, total fruit exports will remain stable “thanks to the efforts of the industry to produce the high-quality fruit that the market demands.”

Daniel Fernández, president of the Chilean Chamber of Maritime and Ports (Camport), stressed that “Camport and Asoex have submitted work plans to the government to improve the operation and management of port terminals during the fruit export season, seeking better coordination between public and private institutions to guarantee smoother exports. ”

Luis Eduardo Escobar, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Puerto Valparaíso, noted, “It is no coincidence that we chose to launch the fruit export season in Valparaíso. Although Valparaiso is not the largest port in Chile, it plays a fundamental role in the country’s foreign trade and, of course, in the sale of Chilean fruit to the rest of the world. These achievements are due to the efficiency and high level of coordination of the port’s logistics chain, a virtuous alliance formed by employees, companies and public institutions, with all parties working every day to make Valparaiso one of the best ports in South America.”

For his part, Oliver Weinreich, General Manager of TPS, said, “As a port terminal, we are engaged in the transfer of products that are vital to Chile’s foreign trade, and operational excellence in the logistics chain is essential. With all parties working together, the 2022/23 fruit export season will be very successful.”

According to statistics, Chile exported a total of 2,647,532 tons of fresh fruit during the 2021/22 season. Of this, 30 percent went to the United States, 29 percent to Asia, 20 percent to Latin America, 18 percent to Europe, and Canada and the Middle East each received 1.7 percent.

In terms of export volume, Chile’s main fresh fruit exports include fresh grapes (23%), apples (23%), carrots (14%), prunes (6%) and kiwis (5.1%).

Source: South American Diaspora News Network

Post time: Dec-02-2022