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Peruvian table grape exports to the U.S. rise this season

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Peruvian grapes, courtesy Vanguard

The 2022-2023 Peruvian grape campaign started on the right foot since October, as shipments abroad totaled $98.1 million, reflecting a growth of 29 percent compared to the same month in 2021 ($76.2 million), as reported by Gestion, citing statistics from the Association of Exporters (Adex).

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The U.S. ($27.5 million) positioned itself as the largest market, receiving 28 percent of the total, reflecting an increase of 164 percent. In second place was the Netherlands ($17.01 million) with a share of 17 percent, reflecting a decrease of 33 percent.

They were followed by the UK ($10.7 million), Mexico ($5.7 million), and Canada ($5 million). Hong Kong, China, Spain, Colombia, and South Korea completed the top ten.

There is some concern that political unrest in Peru could threaten exports. Peru’s agricultural sector is losing some $100 million a day as a result of political unrest, says Luis Fernando Helguero, the nation’s minister of foreign trade and tourism.

According to the ADEX Data Trade Business Intelligence System, grape shipments totaled $690.2 million from January to October 2022, reflecting an increase of 14.5 percent compared to the same period in 2021 ($602.8 million).

Its largest destination was the U.S. (about $310.5 million), followed by Hong Kong ($70.7 million), the Netherlands ($65.2 million), China ($50.9 million) and Mexico ($36.6 million).


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