The general manager of the Association Peruvian Mango Exporters (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera, stated that Peru exported 231,123 tons of fresh mango in the 2019/20 campaign, reaching a record number of shipments of this fruit and experiencing a 37% increase in the volume marketed over the previous campaign.
According to Rivera, the campaign was favored by optimal flowering and the absence of the El Niño Phenomenon.
The general manager of APEM said that the figures obtained in the campaign were a consequence of the sector's preparation regarding the new legislation of the European Union, "our main market, which concentrated 58.8% of shipments. We already had a systems approach. That allowed us to continue exporting to the EU," he said.
The new EU legislation requires that every perishable product entering the EU must meet at least one condition within health care; the fields had to be certified as free of fruit fly or the fruits had to undergo a hydrothermal treatment or a systems approach procedure.
Korea and the United States
Rivera said that the 2019/20 mango campaign was characterized by a greater presence in the US market, which accounted for 32% of shipments, i.e. four percentage points higher than in the previous campaign.
Korea's share also increased. "Now we have seven treatment plants for Korea, three years ago we only had two," said Rivera.
According to the APEM spokesperson, the Asian market could grow much more in the future, as long as the transit time by sea could be reduced to a maximum of 20 days. This transit time is currently impossible to achieve, for that reason shipments to Korea are mostly made by plane.
The impact of COVID-19
Rivera said that there was still uncertainty about the next mango campaign, which begins in November and ends in April, due to COVID-19. "We don't know what is going to happen for the next campaign. It is a mystery from the commercial and logistical point of view. We don't know what will happen to the target markets."