Chilean fruit exports back on track

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Carl Collen

BY CARL COLLEN

Chilean fruit exports back on track

Asoex confirms that exports have returned to normal following labour action that impacted on the country's port operatons

Chilean fruit exports back on track

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The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex) has confirmed that exports of fresh fruit from Chile are operating as normal, in the wake of labour action by dockworkers which interrupted port operations.

According to Asoex, shipments of fresh grapes, apples, kiwifruit, late plums, pomegranates, clementines, and other citrus have resumed, with the organisation noting that "all delivery commitments will be met".

It follows news yesterday (9 April) that the Port of San Antonio was almost back to full operating capacity following 12 days of worker strikes.

San Antonio Terminal Internacional had already discharged 800 reefer containers with fruit for export, media reports suggested.

Chile’s port strikes have been especially damaging for the country’s key export trades: copper, fresh fruit and wood pulp, bringing exports to a standstill for almost two weeks.

For the fruit industry, the stand-off led to a harvesting suspension from last Friday onwards (5 April), as losses reached millions of dollars.

 

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