The president of ASOEX, Ronald Bown Fernandez, and the entity's general manager, Miguel Canala-Echeverria, had an online meeting with the new extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Chile, Niu Qingbao, and the economic and commercial adviser from the embassy, Ji Xiaofeng. They discussed different matters of interest for the Chilean fruit export sector in China and matters of importance for Chinese fruit in Chile. They agreed to maintain joint and coordinated work in the future to continue strengthening good relations between both countries, and also agreed to deepen their cooperation in research, development, and transfer in fruit matters.
During the meeting, the ASOEX representatives informed the ambassador of the work that the sector is carrying out to deliver quality and safe fruit to Chinese consumers, and of the interest to enhance work regarding the import processes of fresh Chilean fruits with the Chinese authorities at the national, provincial, and local levels. In addition, the leaders highlighted the sector's commitment to ensure the supply of fruit in China, especially in the context of the current pandemic.
“We appreciate the ambassador of the People's Republic of China's willingness to meet with us and listen to matters that are of interest to our sector, as well as to China. We were able to explain to him the strict procedures that we are applying against COVID-19, which were defined by our industry, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural and Livestock Service, and the Ministry of Health taking into consideration the guidelines of the World Health Organization. These procedures help protect the worker's health, the quality and safety of our fruits, and the safety of consumers,” stated Ronald Bown, president of ASOEX.
The Chinese ambassador said his country was willing to continue cooperating and working together with Chile in a way that benefits both nations. He also said they were interested in achieving the opening of Chile to new Chinese fruits and agreeing on the homologation of a health passport between Chile and China, which would improve the fluidity and security in the transit of people between both nations.
China is the main destination market for Chilean fruits in Asia, and the second most important market in the world for Chilean fresh fruit exports in terms of volume. According to ASOEX statistics, during the 2019-2020 season, Chile sent 632,544 tons to Asia. The main market was China with 462,534 tons, i.e. 2.92% more than in the 2018-2019 campaign.