Chilean shippers exported 896,000 tons of fruit to the U.S. in 2009-2010, 1.7% more than the season before, according to a recent report.

Table grapes, apples and avocados were the top three Chilean fruit exports to the U.S. last season, according to the report from the Santiago-based Chilean Exporters Association (ASOEX).

While grapes held their traditional top spot by a wide margin, shipments were down from last year. About 426,000 tons were exported to the U.S. in 2009-2010, down 8% from the season before.

Apple and avocado volumes, meanwhile, were up significantly. About 123,000 tons of apples wound up in the U.S., 40% more than the year before. At 100,000 tons, avocado exports were up 15%.

Chile exported more blueberries, clementines and oranges to the U.S. in 2009-2010, but fewer plums, nectarines and peaches.

Chilean fruit exports to all markets last season totaled 2.46 million tons, 2.9% more than in 2008-2009.

Worldwide, Chilean fruits with the biggest percentage growths year-to-year included lemons (63% more), pomegranates (55%), avocados (33%), mandarins (30%) and blueberries (20%).

Countries that increased their imports of Chilean fruit the most included Argentina (76% more), Saudi Arabia (56%), Canada (31%), Russia (27%) and Japan (23%).

Chilean fruit shipments to Asia increased by 16%, to 267 tons, in 2009-2010. Avocados, apples and blueberries were among the fruits that saw big gains on the continent.

Chilean fruit exports to Europe fell by 4.4% in 2009-2010, led by significant declines in shipments of plums (down 36%) and nectarines (down 26%).