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Peruvian raspberry exports are expected to boom in the coming years

According to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (Comex Peru), raspberry is the fruit that will experience the highest increase in exports in the coming years.

So far, Peru only exports its raspberries in small samples worth up to $5,000. However, according to Comex Peru, this could change if the US, Peru's agricultural export sector's main market, starts importing the country's raspberries. In 2019, the US imported raspberries for a total of 1.36 million dollars, i.e. almost 20% more than in the previous year.

"In addition, the opening of the US market would significantly increase the Peruvian agro-industry's interest in investing in this crop," said Rafael Zacnich, Head of Economic Studies at Comex Peru.

If Peru's raspberry gains access to the US market, it would have to compete with Mexico, which accounts for 99% of US raspberry imports.

Other products with potential
According to Comex Peru, other products that have a high potential demand abroad and that could gain prominence in the Peruvian agro-export basket in the coming years are pomegranate, aguaymanto, pitahaya, and turmeric.

"A factor that proves these fruits' potential is that, since the pandemic began, the main world markets have been looking for healthy crops that have antioxidants," Zacnich stated.

These products are currently being shipped to various markets on a trial basis. Pomegranate alone is already being exported to destinations such as Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, France, and Italy. Pomegranate shipments in 2019 amounted to $345,000.




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