Last week, a 10% increase in Chilean fruit exports was wrongly reported due to a problem in the data recording system.
In truth, so far in the 2018-2019 season (01-09-2018 to 05-22-2019), Chilean fresh fruit exports to their different destination markets have totaled 2,073,558 tons, which is -1,13 % less than in the previous year.
The main destination market was the United States with 29.5% of the total and a 6.7% growth over the previous year. It was followed by the Far East, with a 28.2% of the total and an increase of 7.5%. After comes Europe with 20.4% of the total and a decrease of -16%. Latin America received 16.9% of the total volumes exported, reflecting a drop of -0.74%.
The Middle East accounted for a 3% share, and a slight decrease of -0.45%, and Canada received 2.1% of total shipments, showing a decrease of -3.3%.
So far in the 2018-2019 season, Chile's main fruit export is the table grape with 651,089 tons; the United States was the main market for this fruit (293,515 tons). It is followed by apples with 422,395 tons, which were mainly sent to Latin America (177,313 tons).
Cherries rank third with 180,128 tons, 166,304 of which were destined for Asia, especially China.
Prunes rank fourth with 154,995 tons, mainly to Asia (78,740 t). Avocado exports follow with 142,793 tons, and Europe as main market with 87,808 tons. Finally, blueberries stand out with 111,111 tons and the US as their main destination with 61,314 tons.