According to data from the Foreign Trade Center (CCEX) of the Lima Chamber of Commerce, between January and August 2019, Peruvian grape exports totaled $361 million, i.e. 18.5% over the previous year, positioning Peru as the third world exporter of this product.
“This progress is reflected in nine of the ten main destination markets to which Peru exports. Canada was the fastest growing market reporting a 252% increase in the analyzed period, that is, it went from 1.7 million dollars to 6.3 million,” said Monica Chavez, CCEX manager.
The United States is the leading destination market for Peruvian fresh grapes, with an export value of 165.7 million dollars, i.e. 20% more than in the same period of 2018. The US is also supplied by Chile, Mexico, and California (central and south). Hong Kong and the Netherlands were the second and third destinations for Peruvian fresh grapes with $52 and 32 million dollars in exports, respectively.
CCEX also identified nine new export markets. In the analyzed period, the country started shipments to these markets for $813,000, a market diversification that has generated greater expectations among Peruvian exporters.
These markets are the United Arab Emirates ($ 396,720), Ecuador ($ 160,968), Kuwait ($ 83,593), Senegal ($ 36,480), France ($ 31,920), French Guiana ($ 31,920), Qatar ($ 30,529), Ghana ($ 21,142) and Malta ($ 20,379).
This increase in exports was also driven by greater production of fresh grapes which allowed meeting the demand of international markets, which has experienced uninterrupted growth in the last eight years. The regions that benefited from the commercial phenomenon of fresh grapes were Ica, Piura, Lima, La Libertad, and Lambayeque, among others. According to data recorded in August of this year, fresh grape production reached 658 thousand tons.
The competition exported less
The increase in Peruvian fresh grapes exports was also benefited by the decrease in shipments from its main competitor, Chile, the world's first exporter of fresh grapes. Since 2010, Chilean fresh grapes have had a consecutive decrease in their production. As a result, at the end of 2018, shipments of these fruits to markets such as the United States and Canada had decreased by -2.9% and -16.95%, respectively, while Peruvian shipments to the same markets had increased by 10.81% and 3.65%, respectively.