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Peru plans to grow its influence as a fruit exporter

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Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) has a plan: position Peru as the eighth largest exporter of fruit in the world, which would translate into significant income for the country and its economic resurgence, as reported by Agraria.

Headshot of Marco Campos, Produce Blue Book's media coordinator for Latin America.

The national export force has a single objective: to reach $65 billion in international sales before the end of the year. A similar achievement would give the industry its fourth consecutive year of breaking the record in historical exports (the accumulated amount in 2023 was $64.355 billion).

As stated at the recent Agro-Export Lunch of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), the country is the world’s leading exporter of blueberries and quinoa grains; the second with fresh avocado, Amazonian chestnut and ginger; and the third of canned hearts of palm.

Likewise, this year it hopes to become the eighth largest fruit exporter (it ranks ninth), surpassing international sales in 2023, which recorded an accumulated figure of $5.681 billion.

Agro-exports play a fundamental role in the economic and social progress of Peru. This sector has shown a growth of 13 percent in the first two months of the year alone, driven mainly by the 7.3 percent increase in fruit exports.

This dynamism not only reflects the quality and competitiveness of Peruvian agricultural products, but also its ability to reach and satisfy the demand of international markets, according to Mincetur’s Elizabeth Galdo.

Last year, the country managed to position its products in 141 markets around the world, the most significant destinations being the U.S. and the European Union.

Among the main fruits sent to different international markets were blueberries and grapes, with revenues of $1.705 billion and $1.777 billion, respectively. Both figures were a record in their respective categories.

Minister Galdo emphasized the notable progress of Peruvian agro-exports and proposed new strategies to strengthen its global presence. Mincetur plans to collaborate with the National Agrarian Health Service of Peru (Senasa), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE), and the Commercial Offices of Peru in the World (OCEX) of the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism (PromPerú). Likewise, she highlighted the relevance of technological innovation to boost and improve the country’s competitiveness worldwide.


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