According to the Association of Blueberry Producers of Peru (ProArandanos), the cultivation of blueberries can generate about 100 jobs at the peak of Peru’s July 2020 / March 2021 campaign. In recent years, Peruvian exports of blueberries have been climbing. In 2015, dispatches totaled US $ 97 million, in 2019 they totaled US $ 816 million and it is expected that in 2020 they will reach US $ 1 billion. The main destination markets are the United States, the Netherlands and China.
The Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (ComexPerú) indicated that Peru's blueberry success story has been built on competitiveness, productivity and innovation.
However, the international trade union indicated that the Peruvian blueberry industry faces a great risk, which is protectionism. The United States has requested the initiation of a safeguard investigation, which could impose access barriers, such as increased tariffs, or quantitative restrictions, such as quotas, which would affect a formal job opportunity for thousands of Peruvians.
Blueberriesconsulting.com reports that ComexPerú indicated that there is no technical argument to determine that Peruvian blueberries affect US production; on the contrary, it generates great benefits for both the industry and the consumer.