According to information from Fresh fruit, after reaching their peak in 2020, mandarin exports stagnated in 2021; a trend that seems will continue or even get worse this year.
In the first two months of the campaign, March and April, Peru exported 11,218 tons of mandarin for 12 million dollars, i.e. 21% less volume and 18% less value than in the previous year. However, the average price of the fruit was 1.07 dollars per kilogram (+4%).
According to the consultant, citrus exports are being affected by multiple factors. "First of all, there was a drastic decrease in shipments to Russia, the third most important destination in previous campaigns (with a 16% share), due to the war conflict between this country and Ukraine. On the other hand, mandarin production is being affected by climate change, rising logistical costs, and fertilizer shortages."
In the current campaign, the Netherlands accounted for a 28% share of Peru's mandarin exports. The Dutch paid an average of 0.96 dollars per kilogram, which is 10% lower than the average of all the destinations to which the Peruvian fruit arrived and the lowest price recorded.
The United States accounted for 24% of shipments and paid $1.20 per kilogram (+13%). Japan was the market that paid the best prices, $1.37 per kilogram.