The governments of Thailand and Peru are finalising protocols to allow entry of Peruvian citrus and pomegranates into Thailand. Peru's food exports have their main destination markets North America and the EU, but growth in the fruit and vegetable trade with Asia has been significant the last few years.
Thailand is the destination for 2.5% of Peruvian exports to Asia. Last year, imports of fresh Peruvian produce reached US$14.7 billion.
The per capita consumption of fruit in Thailand is more than 150 kgs per year. For this reason, the Peruvian administration and the Thai government are moving forward with the development of protocols and phytosanitary requirements that will give Peruvian citrus fruits and grenadines access to the market in the near future.
"Thai consumers appreciate the high quality of Peruvian products. For this reason, our efforts are geared towards making people more aware of our products so they can distinguish the attributes that set them apart from produce of other countries," said Trade Commissioner of Promperu for Southeast Asia, Erick Aponte.
According to bangkokpost.com, fresh grapes top the ranking of Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports to Thailand. In 2019 they accounted for 5% of all imported grapes.