Colombia’s fruit producers have set their sights on the markets of South Korea and China. Agriculture minister Juan Guillermo Zuluaga indicated his government’s intention to forge closer trade ties with these countries, where demand for high-quality tropical products is growing. With a Free Trade Agreement signed in 2016 with South Korea, Colombian delegations have been working hard to seal protocols that will allow the entry of several of its products. Indeed, Colombian exports to South Korea rose 44% between 2010 and 2017, to US$104m. As for China, Colombian exports of agricultural products reached US$177m between 2010 and 2017, a dramatic rise from the US$19m total for the 2022-2009 period.
The Fruitnet Forum Colombia is a new two-day event taking place in Bogotá on 26th-27th June. The conference will feature presentations by major importers from both China and South Korea.