Antonio Walker, the Chilean Minister of Agriculture, announced that the Australian phytosanitary authority had authorized the entry of fresh Hass avocados from Chile into their country.
This authorization will allow Chilean avocados to consider Australia among their destination countries starting this season, which represents a great opportunity since there was interest in making shipments. Despite the fact that Australia is an avocado-producing country that has a high per capita consumption that reaches 3.8 kilos per year, there would be a window in which the Chilean avocado would not overcome local production, so it could become an interesting destination for future shipments.
The national director of the Agricultural and Livestock Service, Horacio Borquez, said he was very satisfied. “This is the result of the work carried out in conjunction with the Australian phytosanitary authority, and after the exchange of technical information between both countries. This authorization for the entry of Chilean avocados to Australia is a recognition of our high phytosanitary standard. It also reflects the hard work achieved in conjunction with the producer-export sector; that's why complying with all the phytosanitary measures required by each destination country to continue achieving successes like this one is so important.”
The president of ASOEX, Ronald Bown, said: “The opening of the Australian market for Chilean Hass avocados is very good news, especially since we are about to start a new production and export season of this fruit. It allows us to expand markets and business options for the industry. Australia is a market with a high consumption of avocados, where there is a window for Chilean avocados to enter the market, as there is no local supply. We thank the Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural and Livestock Service, as well as the authorities of the Chilean Embassy in Australia for helping us to get this new achievement for the national fruit growing sector.”
Source: lanacion.cl /agraria.pe