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Argentina will start exporting cherries to China in January

The Chinese delegation, that will finalize the process that will allow the region to export its cherries to China without having to go through customs in Buenos Aires, will arrive in Neuquen in the beginning of January.

The Minister of Production, Facundo Lopez Raggi, confirmed that the Chinese technicians will arrive in Neuquen on Monday 7 to inspect, mainly, the region's cold systems, as the fruit must go through an isolation period of 16 days. In addition, they will certify and close the containers that will be moved to Chile, from where they will be sent by boat to China.

The containers will be loaded in the Centenario deposit, where the cherries will be stored in a sanitary shelter, located on the side of the route. According to the minister, this is the beginning of a propitious process for the region as "there is a very important perspective regarding China's internal market."

Raggi said they had been working for more than five years to open this market, which crystallized in the context of the G20 summit, during a joint conference given by presidents Mauricio Macri and Xi Jinping.

The official also said that the government was about to launch a tender for the four hangars of the Neuquen airport that were built in the event of a war conflict with Chile during the early 1980s and that will now be fitted out to be used for cargo flights.


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