Officials from Chile and China have signed a protocol that will soon give avocados from Chile access to the Far East.

The agreement was the result of a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors in Chile, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Chilean Agricultural and Livestock Service, Embassy of Chile in China, and the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX), according to a statement from the association.

Chile finds new avocado market in China“The signing of this initial protocol is very good news for the industry, and the result of a collaborative effort between the Chilean public and private sector,” Ronald Bown, president of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, said in the release.

“As an industry we appreciate the support of our authorities, especially the Ministry of Agriculture and SAG, who at all times where guided by our objective to open up China as a new export market for avocados from Chile.”

This protocol was signed July 7 in Beijing by Alvaro Aspee, agricultural attaché in the Embassy of Chile to the Peoples Republic of China and Chen Hongiun, deputy director of China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The protocol must be ratified and signed by the Ministers of Agriculture of both China and Chile, according to the release. Under the terms of the agreement, Chilean avocados exported to China must come from production areas free of fruit fly and meet the phytosanitary regulations of China. The agreement will take effect once Chinese officials, accompanied by Chilean and industry leaders, inspect avocado crops in Chile.