DP World Chile has announced it will invest $45 million in Puerto Lirquen (PLQ) to consolidate the terminal as the largest multipurpose terminal in the Biobio region. The investment is the result of a complete revision of the operational design of the terminal aiming at increasing its productivity and capacity, with the purchase of three modern 22-row-super post-panamax (STS) cranes together with the purchase of reach stackers and port trucks.
Chile's Ministry of Health authorised international arrivals of non-Chilean citizens at Santiago International Airport effective 23 November 2020. Internationals arriving will be required to present a PCR negative test, purchase a mandatory health insurance, complete relevant forms and have a health passport. International arrivals from COVID-19 hotspot countries will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Chile's Candelaria copper mine said it had offered an improved contract deal to one of two unions on strike at the deposit in a bid to re-start production. The latest offer is aimed at the Candelaria Union. "This proposal includes increases in allocations and payments for the closing of negotiations of 17.5-million pesos (about $22 800)," the company said in a statement.
South Korea will hold the fourth round of negotiations with Chile this week on revising their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) that went into effect in 2004. The two-day videoconference talks will focus on expanding the scope of free trade and updating terms of the 15-year-old FTA, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The two sides will also hold discussions on five categories: goods, intellectual property rights, trade promotion, anti-corruption and cooperation.
Chinese blueberry importer Pengsheng Industrial has received its first seafreight shipment of Chilean blueberries for this season, marking the transition from early-season airfreight shipments. The first seafreight container, sent by Giddings Fruit, arrived on 12 November. Gonzalo Matamala, general manager of Giddings Fruit Asia & China, said the China market was primed for more Chilean blueberries.