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Chilean fruit exports ahead of last season’s pace

According to the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (ASOEX) BB #:156234, in the current shipping season of 2021-2022 (September 1, 2021 – January 11, 2022) Chile has exported 708,741 tons of fresh fruit, reflecting an increase of 7.85 percent when compared to the same period last year

The Far East is the main destination to date, with 301,181 tons received, but it represents a decrease of 4.75 percent compared to the previous season, as reported by Simfruit.

The U.S. has received 177,642 tons, reflecting a significant increase of 54.6 percent.

Following the U.S. is Latin America with 114,936 tons (+10.45 percent), Europe with 106,849 tons (+21.35 percent), Canada with 6,354 tons (-19 percent), and the Middle East with 1,142 tons (+92 percent).

In terms of participation, the Middle East received 43 percent of all Chilean fruit exported to date, followed by the U.S. with 25 percent, Latin America with 16 percent, and Europe with 15 percent.

The main fruits exported to date are cherries (291,503 tons), avocados (97,188 tons), mandarins (87,869 tons), apples (97,188 tons), blueberries (55,371 tons), oranges (25,696 tons), and table grapes (17,373 tons).

However, increased rates for freight has led to lower margins for exporters and increased prices for consumers.

Marco Campos is Media Coordinator, Latin America for Blue Book Services