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Peru: 2017 avocado exports totalled $580 million

Peru exported 247,000 tons of avocados worth $580 million in 2017, positioning itself as the world's second-largest supplier of this fruit. According to the Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry, shipments of this Peruvian product —mainly Hass avocados— grew in volume (27%) and value (46%) compared to 2016.

The main destinations for this fruit were the Netherlands, the United States, Spain, England, China, and Chile; together, they received 95% of the country's total exported value. Additionally, national production of avocados exceeded 470,000 tons in 2017, a 3.4% increase compared to 2016.

According to an article by, the Ministry highlighted the good dynamism witnessed in the production of the southern (+15%) and northern (+12%) zones.

The regions which managed to increase their output levels the most in 2017 -despite Coastal El Niño phenomenon impacts- were Ayacucho (+49%), Arequipa (+26%), Lambayeque (+20%), La Libertad (+11%), and Junin (+7%).

It must be noted avocado is currently the third most important agro export product of Peru, behind coffee and grapes. The country was regarded as the world's second-largest avocado exporter, in volume, only surpassed by Mexico.

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