Avocado exports achieved a new historical record between January and July 2021, reaching 949 million dollars, according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur). The head of the sector, Roberto Sanchez, said these shipments were 47% higher than in the same period of 2020 (645 million dollars) and despite not including the data for August, the month in which the campaign ended, 14% higher than the record 834 million dollars exported in all of 2020.
This good result is due to the increase in the exportable supply (a result of the increase in investments made), the higher prices in the main international markets, and the efforts made by producers and the government to open markets and develop the exportable offer, the minister said. "I salute the hard work of farmers, cooperatives, associations, and entrepreneurs who have made the Peruvian avocado a product that is recognized worldwide for its quality."
He stressed that they would continue to support their efforts with more training and technical assistance within the framework of regional export plans. "The objective is for Peru to become the world's leading supplier of avocados," he added.
As of July 2021, La Libertad led total avocado exports by registering shipments for 308 million dollars (+45%) and accounting for 34% of the country's exports. It was followed by Lima (200 million dollars / 35%), Lambayeque (200 million dollars / 62%), Ica (114 million dollars / 31%), and Ancash (46 million dollars / 82%). The markets that registered the highest purchases of avocados were the European Union (469 million dollars / 45%), the United States (159 million dollars / 13%), and Chile (109 million dollars / 205%), among others.