The Association of Exporters of Chile (ASOEX) prepared a report of the situation of the coronavirus in Chile to gather important information for the sector and to provide tools to deal with this exceptional situation.
ASOEX reported that the Ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso were operating normally, without any problems on the terminals' access roads, and that the shipping operations were being carried out according to plan.
The Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) and the Customs Service are also operating normally, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with reduced staff in the Port of Valparaiso and Zeal.
According to the report, there's been a nearly 10% decrease in the labor in charge of harvesting and processing the fruits. Currently, the sanitary barriers in the commune of Chillan have hindered the flow of people to and from workplaces, fields, and packings facilities.
New communes are decreeing a quarantine or are installing sanitary barriers, so it is important that all workers have a good understanding of the procedures for obtaining safe-conducts and that hygiene and sanitation procedures for all workers are very strict.
Phytosanitary inspection and certification process
The SAG's inspection of the fruit for export at the regional is working normally. The SAG will limit its activity in Valparaiso to Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday because of the national contingency, the low demand, and the species that are subject to the System Approach inspection calendar. The regional facilities of Lo Herrera, Los Lirios, Teno, and Cabrero will operate from Monday to Saturday, adjusting the hours of operation to the daily demand.
The Ministry of the Interior has published the instructions to request a safeguard that ensures essential services, the supply and distribution of essential goods and services, and the transfer of people in an emergency situation.
ASOEX has also asked authorities to carry out the correct implementation of quarantine measures and facilitate productive activities that allow food security.
The Internal Revenue Service has also established new deadlines for the sworn declarations of Income of 2020. The Equality Institute has prepared a document that analyzes the Labor Directorate's Alternative Work Days (teleworking).
You can see the full report at the following link.