The 2019-2020 phytosanitary inspection of fruits destined for the United States season began on January 9. That day, the Pre-Shipment program started and the Regional Minister of Agriculture, Francisco Lagos, and Jaime Mizon, the Regional Director of the Agricultural Service and Ganadero, SAG, visited the SAG/Usda de Cabrero Fresh Fruit Inspection Site to oversee the start of inspections.
This Inspection Center, the southernmost in the country, began operating on January 4, 2017. In the 2016-2017 season, it certified more than 2.6 million boxes of fruit. In the 2017-2018 season, it certified more than 4 million boxes, and last season (2018-2019), 3.7 million boxes of fruit. As such, the number of inspected boxes has grown by 38% between the 2016-2017 and the 2018-2019 seasons and decreased by 12% compared to the 2017-2018 season.
“This SAG-Usda de Cabrero site is located in a strategic place, it has excellent connectivity with the highway and the region's ports. As a result of climate change, the area of fruit orchards in our area will increase in the coming years, so this site is very important for the trade of our fruit and its projection over time,” said Lagos.
The head of Administration of the Cabrero site, Rodrigo Nacarate, pointed out that Asoex is responsible for managing the inspection site and providing the personnel to move the cargo for the inspection, thus supporting the export process.
It should be noted that the Pre-Shipment program is a tripartite agreement between the SAG, the Usda-Aphis (the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) and Asoex, which was created more than 35 years ago to ensure Chile complies with the phytosanitary regulations established by the United States, thus facilitating the entry of products to this market; the main destination for Chile's fruit and vegetable products.
Jaime Mizon, of the SAG, said that the products that will be exported to the US market must undergo a quarantine treatment (fumigation with methyl bromide, soapy water, and wax) or a phytosanitary inspection that must be carried out in specially qualified Inspection sites, such as the one located in Cabrero. The SAG-Usda de Cabrero site is 3,622 square meters big and had a cost of 2.712 billion dollars.