Chiles blueberry exports to China will continue to grow

Chile is the world's second largest producer of blueberries and the largest exporter. According to the data released by the International Blueberry Organization at the 2014 China International Blueberry Conference, the export volume of Chilean fresh blueberries increased from 9,467 tons in 2003-2004 to 74,018 tons in 2013-2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23%. Although Chile’s export volume of fresh blueberries fell by 15% from 87,079 tons in 2012-13 to 74,018 tons in 2013-14 due to the frost disaster, Chile’s status as the largest blueberry exporter has yet to be shaken in a short period of time.

In the distribution of Chilean fresh blueberry fruit export market in recent years, about 70%-85% of fresh blueberries are exported to the United States and Canada, 12%-22% of fresh blueberries are exported to Europe, and 3%-9% of fresh blueberries are exported. To Asia. For Chilean blueberries, the growth of the Asian market, especially the Chinese market, cannot be underestimated. In 2008-2009, Chilean blueberry exports to China were about 500 tons. By 2010-2011, the export volume increased to about 1,000 tons. In the three years of 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014, Chilean blueberry exports to China have increased by about 60% year-on-year. Among them, in 2013-2014, Chilean blueberry exports to China approached 4,500 tons.

According to the free trade agreement signed between China and Chile, since July 2006, products accounting for 97% of the total tax items of the two countries will be reduced to zero tariffs in stages within 10 years, including Chilean wine, salmon, blueberries and other products. Chilean blueberries were formally approved to enter China on January 1, 2012. It is currently the only product of this type that has gained access to the Chinese market, and its tariffs will also be reduced to zero in 2015. Obviously, Chile has a great advantage over other producing countries. If Chilean exporters can well solve the transportation problems caused by long distances, then in the next few years, the prospects of Chilean blueberries in the Chinese market will be immeasurable.

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