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India relaxed import regulations for avocado, blueberries and Chilean nuts

India has relaxed the import regulations for avocados, blueberries and Chilean nuts, also eliminating the requirement to be treated with methyl bromide. The measure means that the fruit will not be damaged in the export process to India; said Chilean Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker.

"This is very good news for Chilean producers," he said. “We thought that this process would last much longer; but leaving aside methyl bromide we can reach this market using the cold chain and phosphine that is much more environmentally friendly. Our goal is to continue expanding our country's export offer so that Chilean agriculture continues to grow and every day more exporters join international markets."

"We want to make India what we have done in China." Currently, Chile sends almost USD 180 million in agricultural products to India, well below China. The two parties signed the agreement in the fifth edition of ChileWeek in China. India approved access to the Chilean avocado and blueberry market in April of 2017.


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