According to the latest report released by the Under-Secretariat for International Economic Relations (Subrei) of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile's fruit exports increased from $1.801 billion to $5.914 billion between 2003 and 2021. This means that during this period, Chilean fruit exports grow at an average annual rate of 7%.
Chilean fruit exports to China grow at an average annual rate of 31%
Chile is a globally recognized player in the production and export market of more than 50 fruit products and is known as a world-class supplier for the reliability of its products and their compliance with international standards," said José Miguel Ahumada, vice minister of international economic relations at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the website PortalPortuario. Today, fruit is Chile's second largest non-copper export product, second only to seafood."
The report also says that Chile's foreign fruit exports are led by carrion, grapes, apples, blueberries and walnuts. Meanwhile, avocados, kiwis, prunes and hazelnuts also performed very well.
In terms of export destinations, the Chinese market has played a key role in the growth of Chilean fruit exports to China, which ranged from $15 million in 2003 to $1.891 billion in 2021, meaning that Chilean fruit exports to China are growing at an average annual rate of 31%.
By 2021, China has become the largest export destination for Chilean fruit. The United States, the European Union, and the Alianza del Pacífico are close behind. In this regard, according to Ahumada, "This is due to coordinated cooperation between the public and private sectors, but also to the promotional activities carried out by the Chilean Export Promotion Directorate (ProChile) and associations in different export destinations."