After a rather bad 2021-2022 fruit export season in Chile, things are looking better for the recently inaugurated 2022-2023 season, which had its initial act at the Terminal Pacífico Sur (TPS) Valparaíso on November 22.
Iván Marambio, president of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex), explained he was rather "optimistic" regarding what this season will be like: "What we want to do today is recover that level we had in the past," he said.
Marambio highlighted the preparatory work of coordination between public and private organizations and also the diversification of export ports. "This season we have diversified the ports in an important way because we started working for blueberries mainly in Coronel with what has been called the 'Blueberry Express', which is a boat service that reaches the east coast of United States and we are going to start operating in Puerto Ventanas, which is a milestone for fruit growing." He specified on this last point that “we believe that it will take place within the next few days. The first ship would be the penultimate week of December and there would be 15 calls,” he anticipated.
In addition, along with indicating that by diversifying the ports, pressure is mainly relieved from Valparaíso and San Antonio, he stressed that "there is a commitment, at least from the port of Valparaíso, to have more ship calls."