Fast facts About the Chilean Food Industry & Specialty Food Exports

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With the Pacific Ocean abutting the entire country’s length to the west, the towering Andes Mountains to the east, Antarctica territory to the south and the Atacama Desert to the north, Chile is naturally protected from the parasites and diseases that plague most other growing regions of the world. Thus, Chilean farmers use significantly less agrochemicals than most food producing regions in the world.

Chile’s food industry is committed to serving its international customers with the best service, supported by superior communications, transportation, and technological infrastructures.

Chilean Seafood

Chilean salmon, sea bass (also known as Patagonian toothfish), oysters, and scallops are sought after by the world’s most demanding connoisseurs.

Chile’s close-in coastal waters and its Exclusive Economic Zone (200 nautical miles) encompass three large marine ecosystems: The northern zone is where sardines, anchovies, and mackerel are fished; the central-southern zone is where open-ocean species such as the common hake (similar to cod) and crustaceans such as shrimp are found; and the southern zone where Chilean Salmon, sea bass, clams, sea urchins, abalones, king crab, and snow crab are harvested.

Chile’s fishing vessels are among the most technologically advanced in the world, and fishing countries such as South Korea, Norway, and Iceland purchase commercial fishing vessels manufactured in Chile.

Chile is a leader in aquaculture research. Chile has formed the Salmon Technological Institute (INTESAL) to research and promote best practices in aquaculture by certifying companies in accordance with international ISO standards.

Chile is the second largest world producer and exporter of salmon, short of Norway, the world’s current leader. Chile’s salmon industry is widely recognized for its advanced techniques and high-quality products. Salmon products range from fresh and frozen fish, to smoked and canned salmon. Chile exported over $2.2 billion worth of salmon products in 2006.

Chile is an active participant in forming international agreements aimed at protecting and preserving the world’s fisheries. For example, Chile is a party to the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea, signed in 1982 and ratified in 1997. It is also a party to the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, signed in 1982, which is part of the Antarctic Treaty system.