Chile: Citrus Semi-Annual

Chilean lemon production to increase by 26.4 percent and total 172,000 metric tons

In MY 2022/23, FAS Santiago estimates lemon production will increase by 26.4 percent and total 172,000 MT (metric tons) due to favorable climatic conditions. Lemon exports will increase by 33.9 percent and reach 75,000 MT due to higher productions and a decrease in freight costs. Likewise, in MY 2022/23, orange production will increase by 6.1 percent and exports will increase by 4.7 percent, totaling 174,000 MT and 90,000 MT, respectively.

In MY 2022/23, mandarin production will increase by 26.5 percent and total 215,000 MT, based on an increase in yields and new orchards coming online. Mandarin exports will total 180,000 metric tons. In March 2023, Chile gained market access to Mexico for lemons, clementines, and mandarins using an enhanced inspection system instead of methyl bromide fumigation.

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