"When we found out that there were people repackaging imported frozen raspberries to export them to Canada as if they were Chilean raspberries, we immediately reported this incident to the competent authorities, such as the National Customs Service and the former Direcon. This situation affects Chile's image as a serious exporting country and is detrimental to all the efforts that hundreds of producers and exporters in the country make to fully comply with international regulations," stated Ronald Bown, the President of the Fruit Exporters Association, ASOEX.
"Any situation of this type must be punished in an exemplary manner because it damages the image of the national export sector. We demand that the culprits be punished in an exemplary way with very strong sanctions. Chile self-certifies its exports to Canada and other destinations. This means that the Chilean authorities must ensure Chilean exports comply with international commitments to avoid damaging the country's image and the image of the vast majority of exporters."
"We regret this situation, which, despite being an isolated event, requires that we adopt the most exhaustive measures."
For more information: www.asoex.cl