Peruvian citrus shipments have achieved historical figures in the first eight months of the year. According to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (ComexPeru), between January and August 2020, Peruvian citrus exports totaled 258 million dollars (230,228 tons), registering a 43% increase over the same period of 2019, and surpassing the export value achieve in all of last year.
According to ComexPeru, this growth is due to the higher demand for citrus from the main destination markets, such as the United States, which imported citrus fruits for 126 million dollars (+ 67.6%), the United Kingdom with 34 million (+ 11.4%), the Netherlands with 34 million (+ 20.5%), Canada with 17 million (+ 18.5%), and China with 16 million dollars (+ 42.46%). These countries continue to be the main destinations.
Mandarins lead citrus shipments
Fresh mandarins accounted for 88% of all citrus fruit exports, followed by tangelos (5%), and lemons (4%). In the first eight months of the year, Peru exported mandarins for 227 million dollars (+ 48%). These results are due to the improvement in exports there's been between April and August, a period that is complementary to the United States' production, which takes place between November and May. The export volume varied positively in the months of April (+ 68%), May (+ 38%), June (+ 40%), July (+ 44%), and August (+ 57%), over the same months of the previous year.
The general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers in Peru (Procitrus), Sergio del Castillo, said that exports had increased because of the increase in citrus consumption due to the pandemic and because the US mandarin production had concluded earlier than usual.
Mandarins by region
The departments of Lima, Ica, and La Libertad concentrated 45%, 44%, and 10% of total exports, respectively.
According to data from Sunat, between January and August, the department of Lima exported 82,886 tons of mandarins for 103 million dollars. 71% of this total came from the province of Huaral, followed by Cañete (20%) and Huaura (8%).
In the same period, the department of Ica exported 81,958 tons of mandarins worth 100 million dollars. Thus, 69 million dollars of the total came from the province of Chincha and 27 million from the province of Ica.
Finally, the department of La Libertad exported 7,954 tons worth 23 million dollars. It should be noted that this department doubled its mandarin export volume over the same period of 2019. The mandarins from the province of Chepen showed the best performance, going from 3 million dollars in the period of January-August of the previous year, to 13 million for the same period of 2020.