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Peru ranks as fourth largest food supplier to U.S.

Imports of agricultural products to the U.S. totaled $32.743 billion in the first half of 2021, registering an increase of 8 percent when compared to the same time period as the previous year.

Of this, $1.229 billion were imported from Peru, registering an increase of 3 percent when compared to 2020, as reported by Agraria.
Peru remained the fourth largest food supplier in the U.S. market, only surpassed by Mexico (36 percent), Canada (11 percent), and Chile (5 percent).

The main Peruvian products imported by the U.S. in the semester were grapes (35 percent share), asparagus (9 percent share), mango (8 percent share) and blueberries (5 percent share).

In addition to these, it’s worth mentioning shipments of ginger (2 percent share) and onion (2 percent share), which have been very well received in the North American market.

U.S. grape imports totaled 584,056 tons with a value of $1.733 billion in the first half. When compared to 2020, the volume remained similar, and the value showed a growth of 6 percent.

Peru consolidated itself as the third largest supplier of grapes during this period with a 24 percent share, behind Chile with a 44 percent share and Mexico with 30 percent.

Asparagus imports into the U.S. reached 171,231 tons with a value of $397 million, 16 percent more in volume and 7 percent more in value when compared to 2020.

Peru shipped 35,593 tons with a value of $115 million, 19 percent more in volume and 1 percent more in value when compared to 2020. Peru remained the second largest supplier with a 21 percent share, behind Mexico with a 78 percent share.

Mango imports in the North American market reached 323,256 tons with a value of $420 million, 5 percent more in volume and 13 percent more in value when compared to 2020. Peru shipped 64,916 tons with a value of $93 million, 9 percent less in volume and 1 percent less in value compared to 2020.

Despite the result, the country consolidated itself as the second largest mango supplier, with a 20 percent share, after Mexico with a 66 percent share.

Blueberry imports totaled 112,746 tons with a value of $754 million. Compared to 2020, the volume had a growth of 25 percent, and the value showed an increase of 42 percent.

Peru shipped 10,421 tons with a value of $62 million, 6 percent more in volume and 13 percent more in value compared to the previous year. Peru positioned itself as the third largest supplier in the period, with a 9 percent share.

The first and second places in the top of suppliers were occupied by Mexico, with 44 percent share, and Chile, with a 27 percent share.
Ginger imports in the U.S. reached 54,766 tons with a value of $91 million, 2 percent less in volume and 15 percent more in value compared to 2020. Peru supplied 9,178 tons with a value of $27 million, 27 percent more in volume and 42 percent more in value compared to the previous year.

Thanks to this result, the country was the second largest supplier of ginger, with a 17 percent share, after China, which ranked first with 63 percent share.

Onion imports reached 348,570 tons with a value of $258 million, 21 percent more in volume and 15 percent more in value compared to 2020. Peru supplied 40,787 tons with a value of $24 million, 47 percent more in volume and 76 percent more in value compared to the previous year.

Thanks to the good reception, the country began to position itself as the second largest supplier of the vegetable, with a 12 percent share, only behind Mexico, with an 81 percent share.

Marco Campos is Media Coordinator, Latin America for Blue Book Services