The president of the Chilean Association of Fruit Exporters (ASOEX), Iván Marambio, along with the general manager of the organization, Miguel Canala-Echeverría, met with the Mexican ambassador to Chile, Alicia Bárcena, and Adolfo Maldonado from the Mexican origin verification office, with the aim of analyzing the current situation of bilateral exchange of fresh fruits between both countries.
The president of ASOEX said there is great potential to increase the exchange of fruits between both countries, especially after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called on Latin American countries to come together in order to enhance economic and commercial exchange, removing tariffs and barriers with the aim of ensuring food for the Latin American population. All of this is part of his “anti-inflation plan with countries in Latin America.”
“Mexico is the fifth destination for our fresh fruits in the Latin American market, preceded by Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Last season, we sent 37,141 tons of fresh fruits to the Mexican market, reflecting an increase of nearly 14%. All of this indicates that we can continue to grow in this market, highlighting the excellent relationship between both phytosanitary agencies and the fact that every season we have officials from Mexico’s Directorate of Plant Health (DGV) to verify compliance with established export procedures,” emphasized Miguel Canala-Echeverría.
It is also important to highlight that Mexico is the second country with which Chile signed a bilateral trade agreement (FTA), and it was the first of its kind signed by Mexico. The beginning of economic and commercial relations between Chile and Mexico dates to 1991, when both countries signed an Economic Complementation Agreement, known as ACE No. 17. The FTA between both countries was signed in 1998 and entered into force in August 1999.