China represents an interesting market for the Peruvian Kent mango, one of the country's main export fruits, which is well recognized in international markets for its quality. However, as pointed out by the Mango Producers and Exporters Association (APEM), logistics is a factor that limits their arrival in this market.
“We have to export by sea because air freight is very expensive. It takes the fruit 35 days to arrive in China. That is discouraging because the fruit does not withstand the duration of the journey, but the day we arrive with a quality fruit we'll have an important market," said Juan Carlos Rivera, the general manager of APEM.
According to Rivera, if they achieve making shipments to China, the total export volume would increase by 30%. "That would allow us to easily surpass the record for mango exports, which was 237,000 tons last year," he said.
Rivera said that private companies have been working with high technology to ensure that the Kent mango has a longer duration so it can be transported by ship and arrive with good quality in the Asian country. "We already have all the phytosanitary approvals, but still we haven't figured out how to get to China. All alternatives are being tested to reduce the probability that the fruit arrives in bad conditions at the final destination. We hope to have found a solution this year,” he said.
Rivera estimates that the country will export 207,000 tons in the campaign that began last October and that will end before April, i.e. 12% less than in the same period of the previous campaign. "It's a good figure for the industry because the producer's income isn't negatively affected once they surpass the 200,000 tons," he said.