Peru: Agricultural exports already total US$2,133 million

Exports of these value-added products up to April increased 8.8%. Demand for blueberries from the US and the Netherlands suggests that shipments will grow 25% in the 2023 campaign.

Exports of agricultural products with added value during the first four months of the year reached US$2,133 million, an amount 8.8% higher than in the same period of 2022, according to the latest report from the Central Reserve Bank of Peru (BCR).

The monetary entity specified that the result is explained "mainly, due to the increase in volumes shipped by 8.6% and prices by 0.3%." The increase in food sales abroad in April also contributed.

In the fourth month of the year, according to the BCR, "higher sales of fresh avocados were registered, mainly, and fresh kion and pomegranates to a lesser extent." This was reflected in shipments for US$521 million, which implied an increase of 7% compared to April 2022.

The volumes shipped abroad also showed a similar behavior, as did the prices, although these were to a lesser extent. “The volume of agricultural shipments increased by 6.2 percent on average compared to the same month in 2022, explained by shipments of avocados; while prices increased by 0.8 percent”, reported the BCR.

High demand

In line with the first results of the year, the export of blueberries would continue on a good path in 2023, according to what the logistics operator company Scharff forecasts.

The growth in shipments would respond in part to the high demand from the main destinations: the US and the Netherlands.

The company estimated "a 25% growth in exports of this product (compared to 2022)" and stressed that this fruit "has become the first agro-export food in Peru."

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Scharff stressed that both the US and the Netherlands will be key markets for the blueberry campaign, "with the US importing 53% of the total volume last season."

China, according to Scharff, is showing greater interest in Peruvian blueberries.

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