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Argentina: Tucuman breaks blueberry export record

"It's a very good moment, as almost 3,800 tonnes have been exported in 50 flights departing from the local airport Benjamín Matienzo. With this, we are surpassing previous records not only in the number of shipments, but also in the number of tonnes loaded," stressed the Minister of Productive Development, Jorge Feijoó. 

The main destinations are Miami and Los Angeles in the United States and countries in the European Union. 

The Minister noted that "we will reach 4,000 tonnes this year, as there will probably be four or five more flights before the end of the export season." 

In 2013, approximately 2,600 tonnes were shipped overseas, which represents 62% of the country's total blueberry exports. While the current season is still on-going, record fresh fruit export figures have already been reached, as reflected in the official data. 

Direct exports by air are on the rise thanks to the great competitiveness achieved, which allows producers to reduce freight costs and reach their destinations with quality fruit just 24 hours after it has been harvested.

According to the Minister, "high levels of logistical efficiency have been achieved this campaign, with aircrafts capable of loading 100 tonnes and the cold storage facilities which the province has at the airport."

Tucumán's Foreign Trade coordinator, Fernando Martorell, said that "the idea is to further increase the tonnage and the number of flights, although we are always dependent on weather issues and prices at the fruit's destination markets."

Martorell highlighted the progress made this year, as "we saw the first direct flight to New York, which adds to traditional destinations such as Miami and Los Angeles, as well as the European Union." 


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