Value of Chile’s salmon exports reached $4.4 bn in 2020

The value of Chile’s salmon exports reached $4.4 billion in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, placing the commodity at the top of the country’s food exports and in second place for exports overall. Salmon exports represented 46% of total food exports, 12.4% of exports of non-copper goods and 6.1% of Chile's total exports. However, the amount of salmon exported in dollar terms was 14.6% lower than in 2019.

Gold Fields begins construction on Salares Norte mine in Chile

South African miner Gold Fields has begun construction of the mining infrastructure at the $860m Salares Norte open-pit gold mine in northern Chile. Construction work on the project is planned to be completed in late 2022, with production planned to start in early 2023. Once commissioned, the mine will have the capacity to process two million tonnes of ore annually to produce doré gold.