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Peru's agro-exports aim at Asian markets

According to the executive director of the Association of Agricultural Producers Guilds of Peru (AGAP), Gabriel Amaro, currently the four most advanced destination market opening processes for Peruvian agro-exports, which are in their last stretch, all correspond to the Asian continent. These processes aim to achieve shipments of Peruvian pomegranate to China, grapes to Japan, blueberries to South Korea, and Hass avocado to Taiwan.

"The time frame in which these four markets are opened will depend on their health authorities, as the world is facing a complex situation," he said.

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic delayed negotiations to open markets, postponing technical visits, and face-to-face meetings. However, where possible, these meetings have been resumed virtually in recent months.

Currently, the main destinations for fresh Peruvian fruits and vegetables are the United States and Europe, which account for 45% and 39% of these Peruvian shipments, respectively, while only 10% reaches Asia. That's why the National Agrarian Health Service of Peru (Senasa) is working to open the following markets to these products:

Blueberry: South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Citrus: Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Grenada: China, South Korea, and Japan.
Mango: Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Avocado: Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and New Zealand.
Grape: Japan, Philippines, and Australia.

Peruvian agro-exports reached at least 145 markets in 2019. According to data provided by the Association of Exporters (ADEX), from January to June of this year, non-traditional agro-exports grew by 0.7%, due to a balance between the growth there was at the beginning of the year (January, February, and March) and the consecutive falls in April, May, and June, the months in which the effects of the pandemic worsened in the country. However, Amaro considers that this subsector will rebound in the second half of the year thanks to the progressive opening of markets and because the world population has prioritized consuming healthy products.

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