In August, Peruvian industry experts concluded that an increase in blueberry imports may be damaging the local industry. Now, news has been reported that the United States will evaluate the imposition of a safeguard on the import of blueberries to its consumer market. The objective of the measure is to protect local producers, so there is a concrete risk that that country will impose restrictions, quotas, tariffs or some other type of protectionist measures that would clearly affect Latin American shipments in the coming seasons.
The highest organizations of the Peruvian blueberry industry, led by Proarándanos and the export industry, together with representatives of four Ministries of the Peruvian Government, are coordinating to jointly design and implement a strategic defence of the production and export of Peruvian blueberries to the US market, which could be in danger of entering the US in the future, due to attempts to protect local production by the North American authorities.
The central objective of the Peruvian inter-ministerial strategy is to demonstrate to the US authorities that Peruvian producers and exporters of blueberries do not engage in anti-competitive practices that cause economic damage to US producers.
According to an article on blueberriesconsulting.com¸ the US market for Peruvian blueberry exports represents around 50% of its total shipment volumes, and has been the main market for Peruvian industry for years, so the impact on its blueberry exports can have serious consequences .