According to the latest report of the National Statistics Institute, exports from the Chilean region of O'Higgins during the month of July 2019 amounted to 305.8 million dollars and account for 4.9% of the country's total export value. Compared to the same period of last year, exports decreased by 5.1% or 16.4 million dollars less, thus accumulating a negative variation of 1.7% so far this year.
Based on these figures, the regional director of ProChile, Maria Sofia Silva, stressed that, despite the fall in exports in July "during the first half of 2019 the region of O'Higgins was the region with the highest increase in exports with 10% over the previous year, positioning itself as the fourth region at the national level that exports the most products from Chile."
She also stated that this had happened in the middle of "an adverse scenario of a trade war, where countries like Argentina have suffered complicated macroeconomic adjustments. These are quite positive figures in an adverse scenario." She also noted that the main destinations for the region's exports in the first half of the year were China, with a 35% increase in shipments over the same period of 2018, the United States with an increase of 9%; and Japan, which had a 15% drop.
Silva said that the most exported fruit and vegetable products were cherries, fresh grapes, and plums, which achieved a historical record in their export volume.
She then highlighted the good first half of the year that the region had in terms of exports. "We are expectant because we are starting a new agricultural export season and we know that cherries have a great challenge ahead, as well as the nectarines and a series of other spices that are fundamental for the development of Chile and the O'Higgins region."