Cherry exports amounted to 180,000 tons, which means shipments increased by 126%. Even though the table grape’s year was complex in terms of price, Fedefruta is expectant to see what happens in 2019, as the inventory of this fruit in the US has tended to normalize in the last few days, after months of a record overstock in said market.
“The value of fruit exports in 2018 exceeds 5.5 billion dollars FOB, the largest amount that our industry has achieved in an annual cycle,” said the president of Fedefruta, Jorge Valenzuela, who also said there had been an increase in shipments of stone fruits, such as plums, nectarines, and peaches, and citrus fruits, such as mandarins and clementines.
According to data from ODEPA and its latest Fruit Bulletin, the volume of fruit exported in 2018 increased by 10.8% when compared to 2017. This, because last year the country exported more than 2.9 million tons of fruit abroad while in 2017 it exported 2.65 million tons. The main export product was the apple, with more than 776 thousand tons, relegating table grapes again to the second place, with 724 thousand tons. Cherries ranked third with 185 thousand tons.
“The value of fruit exports in 2018 exceeded 5.5 billion dollars FOB, the highest that our industry has seen in an annual cycle,” said the president of Fedefruta, Jorge Valenzuela. “We are experiencing an increase in exports of high-value fruits, such as cherries and blueberries, a phenomenon that would explain the rise in the shipment values.”
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