The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) has announced that Peruvian table grapes and citrus fruits will be allowed to be exported to the Argentinian market this year, following the agreements reached by the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) and the Argentinian agricultural health authority. The phytosanitary requirements for these products will be published on the Argentinian authority's website, after which exports will be allowed to begin.
This opening is expected to give a new boost to Peru's domestic production, for the benefit of Peruvian producers, said Midagri.
In 2020, the value of Peruvian grape shipments stood at 1,046 million dollars, according to official data from Midagri; a record in the middle of the pandemic. In the 2019-2020 campaign, 485,000 tons of grapes were exported to 58 destinations, mainly to the United States, China, the European Union, Mexico, Canada and the UK.
In the case of citrus fruits, mandarins, oranges, tangelos, lemons (Sutil and Tahiti) and grapefruit, the opening of the Argentinian market adds this country to the list of 45 destinations to which these fruits are already exported, with the most important being the United States, Europe, Canada and China. In 2020, 265,000 tons of citrus were exported. Of these, 200,000 tons corresponded to mandarins, 29,000 tons to tangelos, 18,000 tons to oranges and another 18,000 tons to lemons.
While talks are ongoing for the export of 13 Peruvian agricultural products to the Argentinian market, Senasa's negotiations for fresh peppers and pomegranates are at an advanced stage and upcoming meetings will serve to agree on the phytosanitary requirements for both crops.
For the export of grapes and citrus, cold treatment will be one of the necessary requirements for export. Peruvian exporters must apply electronically for the Phytosanitary Import Authorization (AFIDI) document.
With this document, it will be possible to apply to Senasa for the certification of the shipments of these fruits.