China begins the process of opening its market to Chilean citrus fruit

A group of professionals from the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) arrived in Chile to visit orchards and citrus packing from Monday, August 12 to the 20th, to learn about the production and export process of citrus fruits in greater depth. This visit officially marks the beginning of the process to open the Chinese to these national fruits.

The Chinese delegation is led by Wy Hao, the Director of the No. 2 Plant Quarantine Division of the GACC. He is accompanied by Sun Tao, an Agronomist at the Chongqing Customs Technical Center; Gao Wenna, a researcher at the Beijing Customs Technical Center, and Claudia You, Assistant to the Agricultural Attaché of the Chilean Embassy in China. They were received yesterday by the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture of Chile, Alfonso Vargas, and by authorities and professionals of the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) in Santiago.

The visit is coordinated by the SAG and the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), and its Citrus Committee.

In a conversation with SimFRUIT, Rodrigo Astete, the Head of the Agricultural and Forestry Protection Division of the SAG, stated: “This visit is being carried out within the framework of the process to authorize the entry of Chilean citrus fruits to China. We are currently working with Chinese Customs professionals to agree on a protocol for these shipments. The SAG has already sent a proposal of the procedures to be able to certify the entry of Chilean citrus fruits to the Chinese authorities. We will visit various citrus-producing areas in the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, and O'Higgins with the Chinese experts. The Chinese visitors will be 10 days in Chile, and on the last day we'll have a negotiation process to agree on the final texts of the protocol.”

Miguel-Canala Echeverria, the General Manager of ASOEX, stated: “This is a very important visit for the Chilean citrus exporting industry because the Chinese professionals will be able to visualize, in the field, the phytosanitary process used in the production and export of these fruits. We hope that the entry protocol of our citrus fruits to the People's Republic of China will be signed in November, within the framework of the APEC meeting.”



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