The general manager of Procitrus, Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, stated that the companies affiliated with the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus) are expected to export 230,000 tons of citrus this year, i.e. 6% more than in 2020. Del Castillo Valderrama highlighted that the companies associated with Procitrus accounted for 81% of all Peruvian citrus exports, which last year totaled 268,384 tons (+ 39% over 2019).
This increase in citrus exports by Procitrus associates will be led by mandarins, which account for 85% of all citrus exports. According to estimates, this year mandarin shipments will grow by nearly 6% (mandarin exports grow at the same percentage as citrus in general due to their high participation).
Last year, mandarin shipments increased by 45% over 2019; while orange shipments grew by 40%, grapefruit (+ 30%), subtle lemon (+ 47%), and Tahiti lime by 22%.
Del Castillo added that the growth in mandarins would come from late varieties, where the W. Murcott variety stands out, and from early varieties such as Satsumas, which continue to be planted.
Many Satsumas are destined for the domestic market, where they have good demand. Thus, they have a good price abroad and a good price in the local market at certain times of the year (performance). In addition, other early varieties, such as Primosols or early clementines, are being tested.
The clementines and Nova varieties stand out in the mid-season.
The United States is the main market for Peruvian citrus. In 2020 the US acquired nearly 110,000 tons of citrus from Peru, more than 100,000 tons of which were mandarins.
The United Kingdom imported 45,000 tons of citrus fruits (36,000 tons in 2019), and shipments to the Netherlands, Canada, and China also grew. Shipments to China in 2020 grew by 50% over 2019. China was the fifth main destination country for Peruvian citrus.