The president of ASOEX, Ivan Marambio, and the general manager of the entity, Miguel Canala-Echeverria, met with representatives of the Undersecretariat of International Relations (Subrei). At the meeting, the representatives of ASOEX presented relevant issues to improve exports and the competitiveness of Chilean fruits in world markets. Two of the most outstanding topics were the modernization of the FTA with South Korea and the need to advance in a free trade agreement with India.
“These meetings allow us to analyze with the professionals of the Subrei issues that our sector must address with the authorities of both countries, especially in markets, such as Korea, where there are important growth opportunities for our fresh fruit exports. There are many Chilean fruits that enter with tariff preferences, but others that are affected by high tariffs, such as our oranges, mandarins, apples, and plums. In addition, this meeting allows us to advance health protocols,” stated Ivan Marambio, the president of ASOEX.
Miguel Canala-Echeverria highlighted the importance of moving towards a free trade agreement with India. “We believe that this is the right moment to do so, given the good relations we have with India and the recent treaty that this country signed with Australia. We believe that moving towards a treaty will allow us to maintain our competitiveness, especially when we take into account that there are some products from some markets, such as Australia, that compete with the Chilean offer. India is an increasingly important market, not only for its growing number of inhabitants and further development of the middle class but also because it has become the fastest-growing economy in the world. It is expected to be one of the top three economic powers in the world for the next 10 to 15 years.”
Finally, Ivan Marambio highlighted Subrei's positive reception of the sector's concerns.