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Peruvian avocado exports continue to soar

Avocado shipments abroad don't stop and amounted to US $720,745,000 between January and November, presenting a 22.7% increase that allowed this product to lead the agroindustrial sector and become the country's eighth most important export product, stated the Association of Exporters (ADEX).

They also stated that, even though shipments in USD FOB were up, prices were lower in Europe, their main destination, due to the convergence of crops from several world suppliers, which pushed down prices.

Exports abroad took a leap in 2014 when they amounted to US $ 300,126,000, i.e. 63% more than in 2013. In 2017 they amounted to US $588,238,000.

From January to November 2018, Peru exported its Hass avocado to 30 markets. The main destinations were led by the Netherlands (with US $265,009,000), followed by the US (with US $175,639,000), Spain, the United Kingdom, Chile, and China.

It should be noted that there's been an exponential growth in exports to the Chinese market, thanks to its opening in 2015. That year shipments of this fruit to China amounted to almost US $104 thousand, and in 2017 they totaled US $13,816,000.

Consumers in that country also consume avocado in juices and smoothies. The OCEX of Peru in China is working to disseminate the characteristics of avocado to promote an increase in consumption.

Other destinations in which it is positioning itself are Portugal, Colombia, Brazil, Singapore, Uruguay, and Ireland.

The main avocado export company is Camposol SA, followed by Sociedad Agrícola Drokasa SA, Avocado Packing Company SAC, Agricola Cerro Prieto SA, Camet Trading SAC, and Viru SA, among others.

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