The companies offer plums, cherries, grapes, blueberries, peaches, apricots, tangerines, kiwis, apples, pears, oranges, avocados, and lemons. They operate under certifications such as organic, fair trade, halal, and kosher that give the Chilean fruit industry a competitive edge.
Chile is the second largest provider of fresh fruit in the United States, with over US$ 1 billion in shipments to date. Chile is also the first supplier of grapes, apples, oranges, tangerines, clementines, peaches, raspberries, and other products that have conquered US markets. The fruits are valued for their counter-seasonal offerings, flavor, and freshness. As consumers become more concerned with healthy diet choices, Chilean fruits have also become more relevant for their nutritional qualities.
“The Chilean industry has continued to work and produce despite the quarantines that have been decreed in our country, implementing protocols that safeguard the safety not only of workers but also the safety of products. The Association of Fruit Exporters (Asoex) of Chile has developed protocols and guides to good practices for processing plants and the entire chain. Although the fruit is always marketed under controlled atmospheres and temperatures, plants have also been sanitized to maintain clean environments for workers. Additionally, the Chilean logistics chain is functioning normally, ensuring that our exporters can meet their commercial commitments,” explained Nicolás Vives, Trade Commissioner of ProChile, the Chilean export promotion agency, in Los Angeles, United States.
Citrus Is Arriving Soon
Regarding fresh fruit, the Chilean citrus season is quickly approaching. The Chilean industry expects an export volume of 347,000 tons in all categories, representing an increase of 4% compared to 2019. Mandarins and clementines will mainly drive growth. “The climate and growing conditions of this season have been ideal for growing good-sized sweet fruits. The cool autumn nights have given clementines a bright orange color and an excellent Brix”, says Juan Enrique Ortúzar, president of the Chilean Citrus Committee.
Chile and the United States
Since 2004, trade between both countries has been regulated by the Free Trade Agreement. The tariff reduction process ended on January 1, 2015, resulting in 100% free trade between the two countries. During the first quarter of this year, the commercial exchange between both countries reached US$ 5.8 billion.
The United States is the first destination for exported goods from Chile. In the first three months of this year, Chile’s total exports to the market reached US$ 2.5 billion.