Weekly News Report: Economic and Social Developments in Chile and Indonesia

The Indonesia Chile Chamber of Commerce and Culture is closely monitoring the recent economic and social developments in both countries. Here are the major headlines for the week:

Exports in Maule Region Contract by 16.1% in October 2023

According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the Maule Region experienced a contraction of 16.1% in exports in October 2023, reaching a total of USD 180.3 million. The industrial sector remains the region's major exporter, with food being the most significant segment within this sector.

Nickel Plant Explosion in Indonesia Claims 13 Lives

An unfortunate accident occurred at a nickel plant in Indonesia, claiming at least 13 lives. A flammable liquid caught fire during boiler repair works causing a deflagration that led to the explosion of nearby oxygen tanks. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

Chilean Fruit Gains Popularity in China

In positive news for Chilean exports, the country's fruit has been gaining popularity in the Chinese market. The Frutas de Chile brand is making strides in the market, particularly with peaches and apricots. This development strengthens Chile's position as one of the few countries whose entire fruit basket is approved for entry into China.

Chilean Vineyards Abandoned Amidst Falling Wine Sales

Global wine consumption has taken a hit, leading countries like Chile to abandon vineyards. Some, like Viña Santa Rita, are even considering complete removal of their vineyards.

Tarapacá Region: Export Value Increases by 42% in October 2023

Contrasting the situation in the Maule Region, the Tarapacá Region saw a 42% increase in export value in October 2023, reaching USD 524.7 million. However, the accumulated variation showed a 2.7% decrease compared to the same period last year.

Chile-Argentina Trade Relations Post Milei's Victory

Despite the recent change in Argentina's government, Chile's trade relations with its neighbor remain steady. The two countries share a high degree of complementarity in their economies, and their trade relations are governed by two international treaties that are not easily violated.

  • Región del Maule: Exportaciones se contraen 16,1% en octubre de 2023 - PortalPortuario (
  • Indonesia: al menos 13 muertos en una explosión en una planta de níquel (
  • "Chile es uno de los pocos países donde toda su fruta está aprobada para el ingreso a China" (
  • Chile abandona viñedos ante caída de ventas (
  • Región de Tarapacá: Valor de exportaciones crece 42% en octubre de 2023 - PortalPortuario (
  • El comercio de Chile con Argentina luego del triunfo de Milei (


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