Chile Citrus Production Projections

Daniel CooperCrop Forecast, International

Photo by Engin Akyurt

In a recent semi-annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) projected 2023–24 lemon production in Chile will increase from the prior year while the country’s orange and tangerine/mandarin production will decrease.


Lemon production in 2023–24 is projected to grow by 6.7% from the prior year and reach 175,000 metric tons (MT).

Lemon planted area will reach 8,150 hectares, a 1% increase from the prior year.

In 2023–24, Chilean lemon exports are expected to increase by 8.8% and reach 74,000 MT. The top market for Chilean lemons is the United States.

In 2022–23, Chile imported 13,200 MT of lemons. The top supplier of lemons is Peru, followed by Brazil, Colombia and the United States.


In 2023–24, orange production is projected to decrease by 1.6% from the prior year and total 177,000 MT.

Planting area is expected to drop 1% to 6,300 hectares.

Orange exports in 2023–24 are estimated to decrease by 3.2% and total 92,000 MT. The top market for Chilean oranges is the United States.

In 2022–23, Chile imported 1,396 MT of oranges, an 18.1% decrease from the prior year. The United States was the top supplier of oranges, with 99% of market share.


In 2023–24, tangerine/mandarin production is expected to decrease by 9.7% and total 242,000 MT.

The area planted with mandarins in Chile increases nearly 1,000 hectares per year. In 2023–24, USDA FAS estimates that area planted will reach 12,000 hectares.

In 2023–24, exports are projected to decrease by 10.6% to 211,000 MT. The top export market for Chilean mandarins is the United States, which received 94% of the export volume in 2022–23. Other markets for Chilean mandarins are Canada, Spain and Mexico.

Chilean import volume of mandarins does not surpass 1,000 MT per year. In 2022–23, Chile imported 613 MT of mandarins, a 16% increase from 2021–22. The United States was the top supplier of mandarins with a 45% market share.

See the full USDA FAS report on Chilean citrus here.

Source: USDA FAS

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