Chile: Fruit exports reach historical record between January and April 2024

From January to April 2024, fruit exports They reached 1,5 million tons (+3,8%) only surpassed in 2018 and in terms of value they reached a historical record of USD 4.441 million FOB (+7,2%), increasing for the fourth consecutive year compared to the same period. from the previous year, as announced by the Office of Agrarian Studies and Policies (Odepa).

Hen/Stag cherries concentrated 46,1% of the shipments, grapes 18,9%, blueberries 11,2%, plums 8,3% and the apples 3,3%. Of the total exported, 88% corresponded to shipments of fresh fruit, 10,8% to processed fruit (frozen, dehydrated, preserved, juices and oils) and 1,2% to dried fruits. The fresh fruit added shipments of 1,3 million tons (+3,6%), which was valued at USD 3.908 million FOB (+8,0%). Cherries accounted for 52% of these shipments in terms of value, followed by grapes (20,1%), blueberries (10,6%), plums (7,5%) and nectarines (3,3%). According to the processed fruitfrozen concentrated 4% of the total value with exports of 57,7 thousand tons (+31,5%) for USD 172 million FOB (+32,1%), the main fruits exported in this category were blueberries (38,7% ), strawberries (25,4%), raspberries (11,0%), blackberries (8,9%) and other fruits (7,1%)

According to Odepa, the dehydrated They represented 2% of the total value with shipments of 34,9 thousand tons (+19,4%) for USD 109 million FOB (+12,3%). The main fruits exported in this category were plums (60,9%), grapes (25,7%), apples (6,3%), other berries (3,5%) and other fruits (1,9%). %). The preserves They represented 2% of the total value with shipments of 57,7 thousand tons (+2%) for USD 105,9 million FOB (-6%). The main fruits exported in this category were other fruits (33,6%), peaches (28,3%), apples (20,4%), blueberries (8,1%) and cherries (5,8. XNUMX%).

The Juices They represented 2% of the total value with shipments of 25,2 thousand tons (-2%) for USD 68,7 million FOB (+2,2%). The main fruits exported in this category were grapes (37,6%), apples (21,3%), other fruits (21,1%), blueberries (9,6%) and plums (8,2%). %).

The oils They represented 1% of the total value with shipments of 2,6 thousand tons (-9%) for USD 23,6 million FOB (+34,8%), the main fruits exported in this category were olives (91,6% ), other berries (4,4%), other fruits (2,4%) and avocados (1,5%). The nuts corresponded to 1% of the total value with 12,5 thousand tons (-46,1%) for USD 53,5 million FOB (-45,9%), the main fruits exported in this category were walnuts (55,9% ), hazelnuts (29,2%) and almonds (14%).

Destinations

During the period analyzed, shipments were registered to more than 90 destinations, but three of them accounted for 80,9%, being China the main one with 51,1% of shipments, which implied the movement of 507 thousand tons (+11,2%) for USD 2.267 million FOB (+8,2%). The Asian giant was followed by States States with 21,7% of what was moved and 449 thousand tons (+11,3%) for USD 964 million FOB (+15,1%); The Netherlands 4% of exports, with 59 thousand tons (-4,4%) for USD 160 million FOB (+7,8%), Reino United 2% of shipments, with 30 thousand tons (-5,7%) for USD 91 million FOB (+14,7%) and Brazil 2%, with 44 thousand tons (+2,9%) for USD 87 million FOB (+21%).

Meanwhile, the main fruits exported in terms of value, during the period, were cherries with 46,1% of shipments, followed by grapes (18,9%), blueberries (11,2%), plums (8,3%) and apples (3,3%).

Type of fruit

The positioning of cherries In foreign markets they reached 347.789 tons (+13,6%) for USD 2.048 million FOB (+12%). China It was the main destination of this fruit, concentrating 91,7% of shipments, with 313 thousand tons (+18,2%) for USD 1.878 million FOB (+13,1%).

The shipments of grapes were 459.122 tons (-0,4%) for a value of USD 840 million FOB (+1,7%). States States It was the main destination of this fruit, concentrating 58% of shipments, with 288 thousand tons (+20,3%) for USD 487 million FOB (+23,2%). 93,5% of grape shipments were as fresh fruit, 3,3% as dehydrated fruit, 3,1% as juices. The exports of blueberries 100.179 tons were located (+10,3%) for a value of USD 495 million FOB (+32,2%). The United States was the main destination of this fruit, concentrating 43,1% of shipments, with 43 thousand tons (+5,5%) for USD 213 million FOB (+24,7%). 83,4% of blueberries were exported as fresh fruit, 13,5% as frozen and 3,1% as canned, juiced and dehydrated.

The shipments of plums They were 182 thousand tons (+23,2%) for a value of USD 367 million FOB (+5,8%). China was the main destination of this fruit, concentrating 61,1% of the total, with 109 thousand tons (+26,2%) for 224 million FOB (+5,8%). 80% of the plums were exported as fresh fruit, 18,1% as dehydrated and the remaining 1,9% as juices and preserves. The shipments of apples They were 134 thousand tons (-8,7%) for a value of USD 147 million FOB (-7,1%). Colombia was the main destination of this fruit, concentrating 17,7% of the total, with 23,5 thousand tons (-7,5%) for USD 26 million FOB (+8,4%).

Imports

During the period January to April 2024, fruit imports reached 176 thousand tons (+15%) for USD 198 million CIF (+17,6%). Of the total imported into Chile, 50% corresponded to fresh fruit, 46% to processed fruit and 3,9% to dried fruits. Regarding origins, the main supplier was Peru with 32%, Ecuador with 23%, the United States with 10%, Brazil with 7% and Argentina with 5,1%. Regarding fresh fruit, total arrivals of 129,7 tons (+16%) for USD 98,8 million CIF (+26%). The main imported fruits were bananas with a share of 41,3%, avocados (39,2%), mangoes (4,0%), pineapples (3,9%) and lemons (3,9% ).

Regarding canned goods, revenues reached 12 thousand tons (+10%) for USD 27,9 million CIF (+8,2%). The main imported fruits in this category were Other fruits with a share of 59,5%, peaches (16,2%), olives (14,8%), mangoes (2,4%) and apricots ( 2,4%). Regarding juices, arrivals reached 9,8 thousand tons (+9%) for USD 24,5 million CIF (+27%). The main imported fruits in this category were oranges with a share of 50,9%, other fruits (18,4%), pineapples (14,2%), pears (3,9%) and other citrus fruits ( 3,9%).

Regarding oils, 12 thousand tons were imported (-3%) for USD 21,4 million CIF (-13,6%). Coconuts accounted for 60,1% of imports, other fruits 17,5% and olives 17,0%. Frozen products registered 6 thousand tons (+28%) in imports for USD 13,5 million CIF (+16,8%). Other fruits accounted for 60,9% of this category, raspberries 10,7%, cherries 7,9% and strawberries 7,4%.

Dehydrated products registered 3 thousand tons (+187%) in imports for USD 4,3 million CIF (+93,9%). Plums accounted for 31,7% of this category, coconuts 25,2%, grapes 10,9%, and peaches 8,2% and apricots 8%. Finally, nuts recorded imports of 1.000 tons (+15%) for USD 7 million CIF (+16,4%). Almonds accounted for 74,4% of this category, other nuts accounted for 19,8% and coconuts accounted for 2%.

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