Colombia sent its first shipment of Hass avocados to Chile, hand in hand with exporting company Westfalia Fruit Colombia. The first shipment consisted of 22.5 tons of avocados produced in Sonson, Antioquia. The shipment was made after the company obtained phytosanitary eligibility to export the Hass avocado to the Chilean market in August, after more than eight years of work between Chilean health authorities and the producers of this fruit.
“This opening is important for our company and for the sector as a whole. The most important commercial window we have is in January and February, when national production is not so strong but consumption is still high,” said Carlos Fernando Echeverri, commercial director of Westfalia Fruit Colombia.
In 2021, Chile imported different varieties of avocados worth nearly $126 million, according to TradeMap figures. With a per capita consumption of seven kilograms per year, the only country that exceeds Chile in the consumption of this fruit is Mexico, with 10 kilograms per capita per year.
“This is a very important step for the country’s avocado sector and it contributes to the continued consolidation of this fruit as one of Colombia’s most important agro-export products. We will continue to work with entrepreneurs so they can profit from the business. opportunities in North America, Europe, Asia and South America,” said Catalina Hernandez, Vice President of Exports at ProColombia.
The exporting company hopes to expand into Asia and successfully ship around 700 containers of avocados by the end of 2023.