Chilean avocado season started with greater exports

The 2015/16 Chilean avocado season had a very similar start to that of 2013/2014, with an export volume of approximately 71,100 tonnes between August and December, exceeding the 49,000 exported in the same period of the 2014/15 campaign. This was confirmed by the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (PASO) in its latest bulletin.

The document notes that a total of 90,000 tonnes of avocados were exported in 2015 at an average FOB value of $ 1.97 per kilo, slightly below the $ 2 recorded in 2014 and above the average of 2013. Meanwhile, at domestic level, the price of the avocados stood at $ 2.11 per kilo, above that achieved by the fruit exported in 2015 and unlike previous years, when the price of Chilean avocados sold overseas was always higher than the domestic one.

Odepa announced that the main destinations for Chilean avocados in 2015 were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Argentina, the United States and Spain, which received 90% of the exported fruit. For its part, China accounted for just 3% of the imports and 4% of the total export value, with an average FOB price of $ 2.37 per kilo in 2015.

The bulleting also noted that the weather conditions, specifically the drought, have led to a reduction in the planted acreage at domestic level, "with the fruit moving to areas of south-central Chile. It is estimated that there are now fewer than 30,000 hectares, while the peak was reached in 2010, with over 35,000 hectares planted."

Source: Odepa

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