In December 2020, the U.S. blueberry industry secured market access to Chile for fresh blueberries from the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Shipments of fresh blueberries from California, Oregon, and Washington must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate certifying compliance with the U.S.- Chile Phytosanitary Import Requirements for Fresh Blueberry Fruit.
Note that effective December 17, 2021, USDA APHIS has removed quarantine measures for the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM), Epiphyas postvittana. As a result, state-level surveillance is being withdrawn. At this time, there are no changes in procedures for U.S. fresh blueberries to Chile due to the pest declassification. The industry continues to engage with APHIS on this matter.
Fresh fruit of the genus Vaccinium spp. shipped to Chile must be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) and an Import Permit (IP). The IP will contain the specific phytosanitary requirements that must be verified on the PC. PCs are issued by the national plant protection organization (NPPO) in the exporting country, which in the case of U.S. fruit is the USDA Animal and Plant Health Protection Inspection Service (APHIS).
Exporters should work with their importers who should direct IP requests to SAG:
Mr. Rodrigo Astete-Rocha
Jefe División Protección Agrícola y Forestal
Servicio Agricola y Ganadero (S.A.G) Av. Bulnes No. 140, Piso 3
Phone: (56-2) 23451201
Alternate E-mail: email@example.com
All California blueberry exporters who wish to ship to Chile must register and become certified by APHIS officials prior to the season. If a shipper previously registered and was added to the list, it is not necessary to repeat this process before each season. Please contact the Commission office for more information on this registered shippers list.
Additionally, it is important to note that all shipments bound for Chile via air freight must also abide by the following requirements: