Despite severe freezes last fall and a three-week port strike in January, Chilean fruit exports are up over last season.

Chile exported about 498,891 tons of fruit through the end of January, 1.7% more than last year at the same time, according to the Santiago-based Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX).

“This has been an incredibly challenging season for us, but the hard work and dedication of both our exporters and the ports of Valparaiso and Coquimbo, who weren’t involved in the recent strike, have resulted in a strong, ongoing flow of supply to our export markets,” Ronald Bown, ASOEX’s president, said in a news release from the San Carlos, Calif.-based Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. “We understand the impact of the strike on our international image, and will work even more diligently to demonstrate to importers and retailers across the globe that Chile remains a reliable supplier of quality fresh fruit.”