Chilean citrus exporters will now have a handy outlet if Northern Hemisphere markets get swamped with fruit in the future, after Brazil announced it would allow imports of the country's oranges, lemons and mandarins.
Brazil's Normative Instruction No. 20 was published on Sept. 19 and specifies the Chilean fruit must be free of plant debris, impurities or soil material, and also be washed, brushed and waxed.
The imported fruit will also have to come with a phytosanitary certificate issued by Chile's Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG), confirming it has been inspected and is free of the pests Aonidiella citrina, Pseudococcus calceolariae, Proeulia Auraria, Proeulia chrysopteris, Scirtothrips inermis and Eotetranychus lewisi.
Consignments will also have to be treated for the control of Apomyelois ceratoniae and Brevipalpus chilensis, under official supervision.
Fruit will be inspected on arrival, and if any quarantine pest is found the Brazilian authorities will notify SAG and have the right to suspend imports until a revision of the pest risk analysis is made.
Brazil is the world's largest orange producer but the majority of production is used by the juice industry.
Chile exported 45,342MT of oranges in the season to August 15, putting it ahead of 2013 for the same period. The fruit was worth US$45.3 million.
Last year, Chile shipped 69,979MT worth of oranges with a value of US$55.4 million.