Chile’s Minister of Agriculture María Emilia Undurraga said on the 22nd that the new season of cherries will soon enter the Chinese market, and Chile’s production and export industries are ready to ensure that high-quality cherries are provided to the Chinese market.
The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association held the launch ceremony of the 2021-2022 cherries season in central Chile. Mrs. Undurraga and China’s Ambassador to Chile Niu Qingbao were invited to attend.
Niu Qingbao said that last year Chilean cherries exports to China were hindered by the COVID-19 epidemic. This year, the two sides have attached great importance to the export of Chilean agricultural products, especially cherries, to China. The two parties had contacted at the government level in advance. China and Chile will take all necessary measures to smoothly advance the trade of agricultural products between the two countries and ensure that Chilean agricultural products enter the Chinese market while meeting food safety requirements. He is looking forward to the joint efforts of both parties to promote the export of cherries and other Chilean agricultural products.
The Director of the Bureau of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry under the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture said that he is "very optimistic" about the prospects of Chilean cherries exporting to China. He said that the Bureau and China Customs have cooperated for many years and the two sides trust each other. Chile hopes to continue to strengthen China's confidence in Chile's inspection and quarantine capabilities so that Chinese consumers believe that the Chilean Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Bureau can coordinate with the industry's enterprises and departments to ensure product safety.
According to statistics from the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, during the 2020-2021 season, Chile exported 352,000 tons of cherries, a year-on-year increase of 54%, of which 91% were exported to the Chinese market.