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The value of Chilean vegetable exports fell by 23.7% in January 2022

Mar, 07, 2022 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros

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According to the Chilean Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (Odepa), Chilean vegetable exports totaled 30.1 million dollars FOB in January 2022, down 23.7 % from 39.5 million dollars in the same month of 2021 and even lower than the 44.9 million dollars in the same period of 2020.

Garlic continues to be the most valuable item sent abroad during that s month, accounting for 40.8% of the total value exported and 99% considering fresh exports, primarily to Mexico (95%). Despite this, the value of cargo shipped overseas fell by 34.3% compared to the same month the previous year.

Tomatoes ranked second in the list of Chilean vegetable exports, accounting for 34.7% of the revenue generated by vegetable exports in January 2022. Moreover, 99% of these exports were conducted in the form of pasta, a rise of 20.9% over the previous year.

Asparagus ranked third among Chilean vegetable exports in January 2022, with 7.8% corresponding to frozen asparagus.

In January of this year, Mexico was the top destination for horticulture exports in terms of value (39.3%), a scenario similar to that of January 2021, but with a 32.6% decline in the value sold to that country. This year, the country’s exports fell from 17.6 million FOB dollars in 2021 to 11.8 million FOB dollars in January 2022, owing to a reduction in fresh garlic shipments.

The second most important country is Japan, accounting for 7.1% of the exported horticultural value, significantly lower than the 60.2% achieved in 2021, with shipments of pasta, seeds, and juices falling from 5.3 in January 2021 to 2.1 million FOB dollars in January 2022. Again, this is due to lower shipments of pasta, seeds, and juices.

Finally, Brazil corresponds to 7% of the value exported, ranking third among Chile’s main economic partners. The result was a 374% increase comparing January 2o21 and January 2020 due to increased sales of tomato paste (414.5%), fresh garlic (927%), and onion (484%) to the Portuguese-speaking country.

Source: Portal Portuario

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