If I digress, I apologize. My point is this: the summer citrus deal has exploded in recent years, importers are still excited about seeing it explode even more, and you can look at FAS numbers on Chile as Exhibit A of the phenomenon.
In 2008, about 38,000 metric tons of citrus were exported from Chile to the U.S. The numbers in the four years since? 65,000; 85,000; 112,000 and 122,000.
Now, to the “down” side for Chile, According to FAS, exports of deciduous fruits from Chile to the U.S. have fallen steadily in the past five years. About 660,000 metric tons shipped in 2008. The total fell every year since, with 565,000 tons shipping in 2012.
Chile’s not going away, but it is changing.