According to data from Fresh Fruit, Peruvian agricultural exports in September 2020 totaled 664 million dollars, i.e. 7% higher than in the same month in 2019. This increase was driven by shipments of blueberry, avocado, quinoa, and ginger; which accounted for 37% of the Peruvian agricultural exports.
That month, the country exported 31,377 tons of blueberries (+57% over the same month of 2019) worth 202 million dollars (+27%). The oversupply from Peru, the world's main supplier, caused a 19% drop in prices, reaching a value of $6.44 per kilogram.
The United States was the main destination with a 51% share, followed by the Netherlands (27% share), and China (3%).
Avocado exports totaled 12,472 tons (+ 70%) worth 28 million dollars (+ 22%). It is worth mentioning that September is the closing month of the Peruvian avocado campaign. In September, avocado prices fell by 28%, reaching a value of 2.27 dollars per kilogram.
The main destinations for Peruvian avocados were the Netherlands (42% share), Spain (28%), and the United States (9%).
That month, the country exported 5,574 tons (+ 118%) of ginger for 10 million dollars (+ 146%). Ginger had a good reception at the international market and prices increased by 13% reaching 1.84 dollars per kilogram.
The Netherlands was the main destination with 49% of the shares and it was followed by the United States (25%).
Products that experienced a decrease
Pepper, onion, and banana exports decreased in September. These products accounted for 17% of the export basket.
Pepper exports in September totaled 8,145 tons (-9%) worth 13 million dollars (-16%). The price of peppers stood at nearly 1.62 dollars per kilogram (-8%). The main destinations for these products were the United States (39% share) and Spain (27%).
Onion shipments also decreased and totaled 27,396 tons (-9%) worth 12 million dollars (-8%). Onion prices in the international market fell to $ 0.44 per kilogram (-19%). The main destinations for Peruvian onion in September were the United States (81% participation) and Spain (17%).
Finally, bananas exports reached 12,537 tons (-27%) worth 9 million dollars (-27%), at 0.70 dollars per kilogram; a similar price than in the previous year.
32% of banana exports went to the Netherlands and 25% to Panama.