South Korea's Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) has published the proposed rule for the entry of Chilean avocados to its market, stated the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX).
The document establishing the requirements to import Chilean avocados to Korea agreed between APQA and the Chilean Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), will remain in the public consultation phase for 20 days. If there are no observations in this time, APQA will begin the process of publishing the standard, which could take up to 30 days. Once the final rule is published, exporters must wait an additional 30 days to start exports.
This is because the SAG needs to send the list of registered packings and orchards 30 days before they start avocado shipments to Korea. Registrations to do so will be enabled until September 13.
South Korea is the second destination of Chilean exports within Asia. During 2018-2019, Chile sent 54,705 tons of fresh fruits to Korea. The main export product was the table grape with a 72.5% share of total fruit exports to this country. It was followed by cherries with 7.6%, lemons with 6.9%, kiwis (4.7%), blueberries (3.3%), and oranges (2.4%).