The Senasa announced that the Brazilian authorities had officially authorized the entry of apple exports from the Rio Negro and Neuquen Valley to their market. The opening of the border of the neighboring country means that now Argentina is not limited to only exporting its pears there.
The national sanitary organism achieved this new measure thanks to the monitoring it carried out on the fruit that is in cold storage and the results achieved by the lots of apples that arrived at the packing sheds.
Senasa insisted that all the actors of the chain must implement all precautions and strictly adhere to the work plan, in order to avoid new contingencies that could jeopardize the commercial relationship with Brazil.
Brazil, which is Argentina's most important partner in Mercosur, imports an average of 22,000 tons of apples from the Valley a year. This amounts to sales of about 20 million dollars. Chile and the United States also compete in that market.
The apples going to Brazil are mainly Red Delicious and are aimed at the premium segment, since the neighboring country is a major producer of the Gala and Fuji apple varieties (just over 800,000 tons) that it uses for local consumption.
Brazil closed the borders to Argentine top fruit at the end of February, after having found several shipments with carpocapsa at the border.
"The market is open, but the problem is that the output of fruit from the Valley is very slow due to the increase in sanitary controls," one exporter confided when asked about the issue.
According to the first data from the private sector, pear exports to the Brazilian market have fallen by more than 50% year-on-year during the first quarter of this year.