Trade deal due to benefit Chilean fruits Chilean fruit imports to the Community will be given an edge following a trade deal due to be signed on May 17. If member states and its parliament approve, this will come into force in January 2003. It will bring advantages similar to those deals already in force with Mediterranean Basin producers and Russia, with apples, pears and plums operating on a zero tariff, currently 6-8%, as soon as the agreement is ratified. Additionally, 40% of Chilean grape and kiwifruit will reduce to a zero tariff over four years. But peaches and nectarines will have to wait seven years for the same treatment, said Ronald Bown, president of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. Meanwhile, Chilean exports to Europe up until mid April have increased by 9.2% compared with an overall global increase of 9.8% to 133.1 million boxes. Europe accounted for 31.2 million. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}