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Argentina: Apple imports grew by 500% up to June

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Staff Writer | Friday August 19, 2016 7:32AM ET
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Fruit trade   Argentina imported some 688,000 kilos of apples

The growing presence of imported apples in local stores in Argentina is starting to cause some concern among producers and businesses in the region.

At the end of July this year, Argentina imported some 688,000 kilos, which is a 500% increase. No small thing, if you consider that between 2012 and 2014 there were no imports.

The data released by the consultant Gabinete MAG, which is headed by Miguel Giacinti, also reveal that the prices declared for this fruit are relatively high, of around one dollar per kilo.

While this volume is not representative, when compared with the total annual trade of apples in the domestic market, it is important to note that there is an acceleration of imports.

It is worth stressing that about 700 tonnes imported this year arrived between June and July, and that all of this fruit arrived from Chile.

A considerable number of people, in fact, have predicted that apple purchases from abroad will continue to grow in the remainder of the season, taking into account the current market's commercial scenario.


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