On Monday, the country made this season's first export of blueberries to the United States. The shipment amounted to 50 tons. Exporters expect to surpass the more than 3,500 tons exported during 2017.
"This is the eleventh year that we export blueberries. Today we shipped out the first 50-ton shipment of 2018 with direct destination to Miami," said the Minister of Productive Development, Luis Fernandez.
"We hope to achieve a great number of flights because the harvest is good. We have competition from maritime transport and commercial flights, but this strategic operation makes it possible to improve volume," he said.
"There are many people working in this activity that continues to grow despite the economic crisis that the country is facing," he added.
The coordinator of Foreign Trade from IDEP, Fernando Martorell, said they expected to surpass the more than the 3500 thousand tons exported during the past year. "We have a better operation, nowadays, for example, we can conduct operations while there are two cabotage flights on the platform, which was not possible before. Now we can use the platform 24 hours a day."
"When this activity started, it took four hours to load the cargo, now, we do it in only 40 minutes," he said.