Generally, when we talk about crops we do it highlighting the main actors, which are the producers. Then we stop at the experts and researchers, making their work visible. When we touch on the commercial aspects we do so by publishing statistics emanating from business or marketing agencies. However, there are other actors that make it possible to materialize the marketing of products, which is the main objective of the industry, we refer to the logistics sector.
Blueberriesconsulting.com spoke with Paul Vargas Machuca, commercial director of AVM Soluciones Logísticas, to find out the level of impact they have had to face with the current global pandemic and to learn about their vision regarding the future of the industry.
He stated that the main difficulties in carrying out his work, during the first week of quarantine, were at the time and operational cost level. Then, the biggest problem occurred in the port of Callao, which, after confirming positive cases of covid-19 among its personnel, had to take measures that affected the hours of operation of imports and exports, which resulted in immobilization of around 700 containers per day, increases in transportation rates, delays in exports, as well as cost overruns for warehouses and overstays.
“We know that this will be a difficult year since many of the projects of companies related to the agribusiness sector have been paralyzed or diminished due to uncertainty. In the case of Peru, the actions by the Ministry of Economy and Finance are gradually being transmitted and carried out. From the first week of quarantine, subsidies, early provisions of retirement funds, refinancing and debt restructuring for individuals and companies were activated. Likewise, the Reactiva Peru plan was finalized, a plan that will allow companies to access bank loans at lower interest rates than usual to be able to mainly comply with payment obligations of personnel and suppliers, and thus not break the payment chain.”