The start of exports of Peruvian mandarins to India, which have already been approved at a technical level, has been hampered by India's request to open the Peruvian market to several Indian products that are sensitive to the country, stated the general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru, Sergio del Castillo.
In negotiations to open markets for a product, the destination country also requests the entry of a product of its own into the exporting territory, he said. Del Castillo did not specify which product was causing hampering the negotiations, with India. However, he said it was a sensitive product because the Peruvian agribusiness also produced it.
He also said that the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) and Procitrus were working to achieve the entry of mandarins to the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.
He also stated that Peruvian citrus fruits only had access to the continental US market, but not to the islands, such as Hawaii, or to unincorporated territories, such as Alaska or Puerto Rico. "We are making health efforts to expand access so that we can enter these places," he added.
They are also looking to send other mandarin varieties to the Japanese market, apart from the Satsuma variety, which entered that market in 2019.
The Peruvian mandarin campaign began in March, in the midst of the state of emergency decreed by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, Procitrus indicated that operations in this sector are proceeding normally and that they still expected exports of this product would increase by 5% in this campaign.