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China Buys More Chilean Wine in January-May

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China bought more wines from Chile, its second-biggest import partner, in the first five months of 2021, based on data from China’s General Administration of Customs. 

The country imported Chilean wine products worth US$138.5 million from January to May, representing a 47% increase over the import value in the same period last year. 

In May alone, it ordered US$27.1 million Chilean wines, which was lower than April’s total wine imports from Chile at US$30.4 million. 

It mostly bought bottled still wines in containers of less than 2 liters, which jumped by 42% to US$110.2 million over the previous year. 

China ordered 70% more bottled still wines in containers of greater than 10 liters valued at US$27.8 million.

The importing country had more than doubled its shipment of bottled still wines in containers of greater than 2 liters but less than 10 liters to a value of US$364,940. 

Moreover, the value of imported Chilean sparkling wines also rose by 18% to US$82,809. 

In 2020, overall wine exports of Chile to China dropped by over a quarter to US$185.6 million, attributed to trade disruptions caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

China is Chile’s biggest export destination for wines since the two states signed a free trade pact in 2006, which also saw its exports rising by five-folds to US$250 million.

Presently, 201 wineries from the Latin American nation were exporting products to China, with 20 of them holding offices there.

Wine Category 2020 2021 % Change
Sparkling Wine $70,439 $82,809 +17.6%
Bottled still wines in containers of less than 2 liters $77,777,082 $110,218,773 +41.7%
Bottled still wines in containers of greater than 2 liters but less than 10 liters $159,948 $364,940 +128.2%
Bottled still wines in containers of greater than 10 liters $16,393,966 $27,848,134 +69.8%

2021 Chilean Wine Imports

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