In the first half of the year, Peruvian agricultural exports reached $4.11 billion, reflecting a decrease of 2.8 percent when compared to the $4.23 billion registered the same period in 2022, according to Agraria, using statistics from the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri).
In the first half of 2023, agricultural shipments (traditional) amounted to $206 million, reflecting a decrease of 62.5 percent versus the $550 million obtained in the same period of the previous year. This decrease is explained by lower coffee shipments.
In the case of agricultural and/or agro-industrial (non-traditional) shipments, they totaled $3.906 billion between January and June of this year, a figure 6.1 percent higher than what was observed in 2022 ($3.681 billion).
The main products in the agro-export ranking were: fresh grapes, $667 million (17 percent share); avocados, $618 million (16 percent); fresh mangoes, $207 million (5.3 percent); fresh red cranberries, $185 million (4.7 percent); animal feed, $135 million (3.5 percent); and fresh or refrigerated asparagus, $117 million (3.0 percent).
The largest placement of frozen mangoes was also highlighted, $95 million (2.4 percent); the other fresh fruits, $88 million (2.2 percent); other cocoa beans, $74 million (1.9 percent); the other paprika, $70 million (1.8 percent). These 10 products together would concentrate 57.7 percent of the non-traditional exportable supply.
In this first half of 2023, Midagri highlighted that, within the basket of non-traditional products, fruit and vegetable exports reached sales of $2.35 billion (participated with 57.18 percent of total agro-exports and 60.19 percent of non-traditional agricultural exports), a figure that represented an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the $2.145 billion obtained in the first semester of 2022.
In the case of fruit shipments alone, from January to June they amounted to $2.12 billion, experiencing a growth of 11.6 percent compared to the same period last year ($1.90 billion). In addition, fruit shipments represented 51.6 percent of total agro-exports and 54.3 percent of non-traditional agro-exports.
While on the side of vegetables, they totaled $229 million, registering a decrease of 6.1 percent compared to the $244 million reached in the first half of 2022.
The ten largest destination countries for Peruvian agricultural exports were: the U.S., which concentrated 27.9 percent of the total; Holland, 15.2 percent; Spain, 6.7 percent; Ecuador, 5.7 percent; Chile, 5 percent; China, 4.4 percent; Mexico, 4.4 percent; England, 3.4 percent; Colombia, 2.7 percent; Canada, 2.2 percent, others, 22.4 percent.