In the first two months of 2023, Chile exported 738 thousand tons of fruits worth 2,547 million FOB dollars, i.e. 14.3% more volume and 7.3% more value than in the same period of the previous year, according to the latest ODEPA Fruit report.
Fresh fruit exports amounted to 634,800 tons, equivalent to 2,261 million FOB dollars, i.e. 88.7% of the total value. Fresh fruit exports increased by 17.3% in volume and 4.6% in value over the same period of the previous year.
Fresh fruit exports were led by cherry exports, which accounted for 68% of all fresh fruit exports in the period, with 300,230 tons worth 1,543 million FOB dollars, i.e. 8% more volume and 5% more value than in the same period of the previous year. China was the main destination, accounting for 89% of the value of Chile's cherry exports.
The blueberry was the country's second most important fresh fruit export. Chile exported 67,600 tons of blueberries for $314 million FOB (accounting for 14% of the total value of fresh fruit exported). Blueberry exports decreased by 7.5% in volume and increased by 7.5% in value over the same period of the previous year. The main destinations for Chilean blueberries were the USA (47%) and the Netherlands (23%).
Table grapes ranked third with 108,890 thousand tons and 166.58 million FOB dollars, i.e 21.5% less volume and 20.4% less value than in the same period of the previous year. The main destination for Chile's table grapes in this period was the US (69%).