The export of Chilean winter fruit to the USA is a great success. The port of Coquimbo has received the ship Pacific Mermaid in which the fruits, mostly citrus, destined to the North American markets will be loaded. This operation supports the revitalization of the fruit sector of Coquimbo and of the interior regions, as up until now only the table grape produced in the region was being marketed.
The Minister of Transport, Gloria Hutt, was present at the loading operation of more than a thousand pallets of clementines and a hundred pallets of lemons.
This new commercial activity will open the doors to the Port of Coquimbo, making it a national reference in international maritime transport, and will help updating its facilities for this purpose. Claudio Ormeño, the General Manager Coquimbo's Port Company (EPCO) highlighted the importance of this new maritime route. "There is an important work that is done with security operators and officials, who are in permanent training. Each of them has an international level expertise and they are people who belong to the region and who put their knowledge at the service of this port."
It should be noted that all the fruit that will be exported has undergone rigorous quality processes prior to shipment to international markets. As one of the requirements for the entry of products to the United States, this fruit undergoes an inspection process by the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) to rule out the presence of pests, such as the spider mite, among other potential threats.
The Pacific Mermaid will depart from Coquimbo to Valparaíso to complete its cargo before heading to its destination.