China displaces the US as the main market for Chilean agroforestry exports

China for the first time positioned itself as the main market for Chilean agroforestry exports, displacing the United States.

María Emilia Undurraga, director of Odepa, reported that the balance of the silvo-agriculture trade balance in 2018 grew by 17%, compared to 2017, accumulating US $11.162 billion.

After four years, silvo-agricultural exports in 2018 show a significant increase, with an increase of 19.6% in relation to 2015. Agricultural and forestry shipments in 2018 reached US $17.717 billion, with an increase of 15.2% compared to the year 2017.

When compared with the previous year, in 2018, agricultural exports stood out, which reached US $10.034 billion, with an increase of 8.6%. Cattle exports registered US $1.391 billion, with an increase of 17.6%. Likewise, forestry exports registered US $6.293 billion, with a growth of 26.9%.

Silvo-agricultural exports presented majors shipments in wine and their denomination of origin such as, grapes, cherries, apples, blueberries, and porcine frozen foods.

The main destination countries for silvo-agricultural exports were, in order of participation, China (20.8%), the United States (17.0%), Japan (4.8%), the Netherlands (4.4%), South Korea (3.6%), the United Kingdom (2.7%), Mexico (2.7%), Brazil (2.1%), Germany (1.8%), Taiwan (1.7%), Canada (1.7%), Colombia (1.6%), Russia (1.5%).

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