The Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex) plans to export 2.7 million tons of fresh fruit during the 2019-2020 season, the Association stated in the No. 145 session of the Logistics Forum of Puerto Valparaiso, (Folovap). However, according to experts, they still have to wait for the consequences of the drought, especially in the regions of Valparaiso, Metropolitana, O'Higgins, and Maule, to see how it affects table grapes, apples, pear, and kiwi crops that are still in the production process.
The general secretary of Asoex, Sergio Maureira, stated: “We hope this season is similar to the previous one regarding volumes, with growth in some species, such as cherry for the Asian market, and some projections of the blueberry committee that indicates that they could have an improvement and reach 115,000 tons.”
During the first week of the new year, exports of Chilean fresh cherries reached 192,710 tons, that is, 25% more than in the previous period; 93.8% of the shipments were destined for Asia and China was the main destination with 174,538 tons, i.e. 29.26% more than in the same period of 2018-2019.
The blueberry committee estimates 115,000 tons for this season and a change in the varietal palette. In addition, organic blueberries reached 5,206 tons, accounting for 11% of exports and showing a 45% increase over the previous season.
Table grape exports stood out (596,000 tons), but producers must monitor the effects of the drought. New varieties account for 20% of the total. Finally, it is important to note that the country will start exporting pears to China this season and achieving to export citrus to that market too.