Peru: Record Hass avocado shipments to China

If you thought that sending US$ 10.5 million worth of avocados to Spain in the first quarter of 2015 was quite the hefty load, take a look at what Peru projects to send to China.

Peru’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Juan Manuel Benites, announced that Peru will begin sending Hass avocados to China this month and expects the new market to be worth about US$ 50 million annually, reports Gestion.

Adding US% 50 million represents an 18% increase in annual exports with the new market of China alone. The Minister expects that the new market would allow 1.4 billion potential consumers access to the South American country’s Hass avocado.

This comes as news after Minister Benites informed that the signing of the Phytosanitary Protocol Requirements with China had been completed. This decision was officially signed in May and permits Peruvian Hass avocados to enter China starting this month, according to Gestion.

With this kind of momentum running, Peru is looking for more markets.

“We expect to continue opening markets for the Hass avocado, such as: Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, the Philippines, Honduras, Malasia, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Australia, New Zealand,” said Minister Benites according to Gestion.

Last year, Peru increased its exports by 16% of Hass avocados, compared to 2013. The most productive regions included La Libertad, Lima and Ica who increased avocado production by 31%, 11%, and 14% respectively.

Source: peruthisweek.com

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