The Association of Strawberry Producers and Exporters of Huelva, Freshuelva, continues to work to open new Asian markets for Huelva's berries. After undertaking negotiations to export blueberries to the Chinese market, the Indian market is their next target.
In October 2018, the association asked the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA) to help them explore new markets, such as the Indian market. On several occasions, they have sought the support of the MAPA to accelerate the signing of the protocol with China. In fact, Freshuelva is currently preparing all the necessary documentation it needs to give the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism to begin negotiating the export protocols and agreements with India, stated the manager of Freshuelva, Rafael Dominguez.
"We know that these procedures are very slow, very complicated, and require a large amount of documentation that must be provided. However, the possibilities offered by the Indian market are very important, as we saw in the last Berry Congress held in Huelva," said Dominguez, who hopes to have the necessary documentation ready in the first months of 2020.
Regarding the negotiations to export blueberries to China, Dominguez said that the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism had told Freshuelva that China only negotiated the entry of one product at the time and that the Government had to respect the order of requests, as the procedures to open the market to other fruits, such as cherry, had already been started. "The final decision will depend on the Chinese Government, which can prioritize the import of any product according to its needs," Dominguez said.
Although exports to Asian countries amount to nearly 6% of production, Freshuelva's goal is to consolidate and seek commercialization lines, as well as to open new markets in Asia and in the Middle East.