Chilean fruit exports show a slight contraction in volume but an increase in value

Between January and July 2021, Chile exported 2.35 million tons of fruit for a FOB value of 4.894 million dollars. This is 0.1% less volume and 4% more value than in the same period of 2020.

Fresh fruit accounted for 80.9% of the volume and 77.2% of the total export value, with sales of 1.9 million tons (-2% compared to the first 7 months of the previous season) and a FOB of 3.776 billion dollars (+ 2%).

The main species exported were cherries, with 266,000 tons (+ 83%) and 1.287 billion FOB dollars (+ 35%), mostly destined for China, a market that accounted for 91% of the total value of cherry shipments.

Table grapes followed in importance with 521,600 tons (-7%) and 870.8 million FOB dollars (-16%), with shipments mainly to the US (47%) and China (15%).

Blueberries ranked third with 96,000 tons (+ 14%) and 484 million FOB dollars (+ 15%). The main destinations were the US, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, accounting for 49%, 19%, and 10% of the total value of blueberry shipments, respectively.

Apples ranked fourth with 456,800 tons and 414.9 million FOB dollars. Their main destinations were the United States (14%), India (13%), Colombia (9%), and the Netherlands (8%).

These four species accounted for 81% of the total value of fresh fruit exports in the analyzed period.

Between January and July, the country exported 375,000 tons of processed fruit (juices, oils, canned, frozen, dehydrated), i.e. 6% more than in the same period of last year and 17% of the fruit export value with 815 million FOB dollars (+ 11%).

Processed fruit exports were led by the frozen segment with 42%, dehydrated products (19%), juices (18%), canned products (17%), and oils (3%). Compared to the same period of the previous year, the value of juices increased by an outstanding 72% and that of frozen products by 16%.

The remaining 6% of the export value corresponded to nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, among others), with sales that reached 302.5 million FOB dollars (+ 9%) and 74,200 tons (+ 18%).

44% of the total value of dried fruit shipments corresponded to walnut exports in shell, which registered sales of 49,300 tons and 133.3 million FOB dollars. The shelled walnut ranked second with 26% of nut sales, with a total of 11,730 tons and 77.7 million FOB dollars, followed by the shelled hazelnut, which accounted for 23% of all nut shipments for the period, with sales of 7,200 tons and 68.4 million dollars FOB.



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