The USA remains the leading destination for Peruvian agro-exports

Date Posted: 23rd Apr 2022

Peruvian agro-exports (traditional and non-traditional) totalled US$ 1,736 million 438 thousand in the first two months of this year, obtaining a growth of 30% compared to the same period in 2021, with the leading market being the US, according to the Association of Exporters (ADEX).

According to Susana Yturry Farge, manager of Agroexports of the business association, the signing of trade agreements was fundamental for the evolution of these dispatches, particularly those of added value, as well as the work of the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa), in order to lift sanitary and phytosanitary barriers.

He revealed that companies must also develop trade strategies in order to reach more international buyers. He mentioned participation in trade missions to Chile, Spain and Mexico and fairs such as Thaifex (Thailand), Biofach (Germany) and the Expoalimentaria (EA) fair in Peru.

“Expoalimentaria is the most important commercial window in Latin America, where exhibitors will have the opportunity to crystallise business, increase their network of contacts, and also update their knowledge on key issues related to the food and beverage chain, machinery, packaging, technology, and foreign trade services,” he emphasised.

Traditional agriculture

According to the ADEX Data Trade Intelligence System, in the first two months of 2022, traditional shipments (US$ 258 million 930 thousand) accounted for 14.9% of total agro-exports and an increase of 362.4%. Coffee, with US$ 248 million 555 thousand, had a share of 95.9% and achieved a growth of 460.6%. Other cane sugars came in second place.
The USA (US$ 60 million 017 thousand) was the leading market, with a share of 23.1% and an increase of 495.6%, followed by Germany (US$ 55 million 063 thousand) with a share of 21.2% and an increase in orders of 511.6%. The top ten was completed by Belgium, Colombia, Sweden, France, Italy, Canada, United Kingdom and South Korea.

With added value

Non-traditional agricultural shipments (US$ 1,477 million 507 thousand) achieved a share of 85% of the total and an increase of 15.4%. Its leading product was grapes with US$ 576 million 960 thousand (39% share and an increase of 19.7%). Completing the top five were fresh or dried mangoes, blueberries, uncooked mangoes or mangoes cooked in water or steam, and asparagus.

There were 108 destinations, the USA (US$ 570 million 868 thousand) ranked No. 1 with 38.6% concentration and an increase of 19.5%. It was followed by the Netherlands (US$ 194 million 071 thousand), Hong Kong, Spain and China. In the top 10 were Mexico, Ecuador, Canada, Chile and South Korea.