The Chilean Fruit Export Association (ASOEX) reported that Chile exported 2.78 million tons of fresh fruit in the recently finished 2017-2018 export season. That is an increase of 6.7% in comparison with the previous season. The fastest growing export market is Asia.
The Chilean website "Marco Trade" reported on November 9th that chairman of the ASOEX, Ronald Bown, stated: "The growth of Chilean fresh fruit export mainly manifests in the Asian market. The export volumes of cherries and blueberries set new records this season." In concrete terms, cherry export increased by 96% in comparison with last export season. This turned cherries into Chile's third largest export product.
Bowen further pointed out that Chilean exports to Asia increased by 30.7% in comparison with last season. China has already become one of Chile's key export markets. "We believe that Asia, and China in particular, will become Chile's most important export destination in the near future," said Bowen.
The main export destinations of Chile in Asia are China and Hong Kong. They account for 81.35% of Chilean export to Asia. This is an increase of 45% in comparison with last season. The export volume includes cherries (41%), table grapes (31%), plums (11%), and nectarines (4%). The export volume of cherries increased by 107%, and nectarines by 117%. At the same time, the Chilean export volume to India accounted for 14.19% of the overall export volume to Asia. This is an increase of 133% in comparison with last season.