Monday was a historic day for Neuquen as the region shipped its first eight containers with 160 tons of cherries to China. Omar Gutierrez and authorities of the Asian country will open the exchange at the Pyme Center Adeneu. The agreement was closed at the meeting that the Governor had with the president of Xi Jinping in the framework of the G20 in November in Buenos Aires.
The cargo's departure protocol will be carried out on Monday and Tuesday. The cargo, which consist of cherries from Neuquen, Chubut, and Rio Negro, which will be shipped out through the Chilean port of Valparaiso. The SENASA (National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service) and the Chinese delegation will approve the cargo at the Provincial Tax and Customs Warehouse.
The phytosanitary protocol to export cherries to China and that establishes the requirements that will be audited on Monday and Tuesday to enable the first shipments to China was signed in December.
The Chinese delegation will remain in the country until Saturday 12 to audit productive and packaging establishments in Neuquen, Rio Negro, Chubut, and Santa Cruz, so that these regions can export new shipments of cherries to China directly.
"This is a historic step for the development of the productive sector and the deepening of economic diversification. This was one of the objectives of our Five-Year Plan: positioning cherries in the international market," Gutierrez said.
In addition, the governor said: "This is not coincidence, it is the result of years of work and effort of our producers who, together with the SME Center and the public sector, have achieved an top quality product. Neuquen once again demonstrates that any goal can be achieved if you persevere, have continuity and convictions."
The Minister of Production and Industry, Facundo Lopez Raggi said the province's cherry export volume grew by 15 to 20 percent each year and that the farms still hadn't reached one hundred percent of their productive capacity.