Chile scores access to Chinese pear market -

Chile scores access to Chinese pear market

Chilean Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker has confirmed that Chile has gained access to the Chinese pear market, with the first export expected to be sent in May.

The agreement was ratified during a visit by Chilean President Sebástian Piñera to China, and followed visits last year by Walker to China and by the Chinese Minister of Customs, Ni Yuefeng, to Chile.

"With the pears we want to replicate what we have achieved with cherries in the Chinese market," Walker said.

Eight varieties may now enter China, including Abate Fetel, Packham, Forelle and Bosc.

There are currently 8,800 hectares of pear trees planted in Chile, with exports last year reaching US$128.5 million. Colombia and Russia are currently among the biggest markets.

Chilean authorities say that this development will accelerate the process of achieving Chinese market access for citrus such as oranges, clementines, mandarins and lemons.