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Chile: Orange, cherry and avocado shipments are making important advances

The increase of these fruits along with others like tangerines and kiwis, helped to offset, in part, low table grape and apple exports.

Exports of fresh fruit accumulated between January and August 2012 showed a slight decrease of 1.1% compared with the exported volume in the same period of 2011. The drop that was experienced in May (3.2%), was due to the reduction of
the two main products in exported volume: table grapes and apples. These have continued to decrease because of the significant increase of citrus, avocados and kiwis exports in the last three months.

Until August orange export increased 49.9% in volume. Cherries have experienced a 17.7% growth. Avocado exports have increased by 8.9% in the period, but with lower shipments in August, because the American market is still well supplied. Mandarin exports have increased by 9.1%, more than two thirds of its annual volume. Kiwis have shown a 17.0% export growth, and exported over 90% of its annual volume.

Limes have experienced a fall of 4.0% in exports, having made ​​more than three quarters of their annual shipments. Plums as well as pears, have had a good year, with a 3.8% and 0.7% growth respectively, in the period under analysis.

The biggest decrease in exports of fresh fruit have been for peaches, which recorded a variation of -9.5%, followed by blueberries (-7.3%), apples (-5.3%), table grapes (-4.3%) and nectarines (-2.0%).

Source: Estrategia


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