Peruvian blueberry, avocado, and asparagus are shipped by air directly from Trujillo to Miami

Agroindustrial entrepreneurs from La Libertad will export their asparagus, avocado, and blueberry productions to Miami, United States, directly from the Carlos Martínez de Pinillos airport, from Trujillo, starting the third quarter of this year.

Airbus 300 aircraft with a cargo capacity of 43 tons will be able to enter the Carlos Martinez de Pinillos airport, which would allow the agribusiness companies of La Libertad to save approximately 10 million dollars a year, as they would no longer have to move their products to Lima.

"The central government has committed to prioritizing the expansion and improvement of this airport so that producers can make exports from our air terminal thanks to the efforts made by the governor of La Libertad, Luis Valdez Farias, at the meetings of the regional governments," said the regional manager of Foreign Trade, Tourism and Handicrafts, Alan Sisniegas Linares.

The official said that the representatives of the Peruvian Airports (ADP), Migrations, Senasa, Customs, and the operating airline Strike would arrive in Trujillo on Friday, June 23, along with the governor and the agricultural export entrepreneurs to see a simulation of a shipment of products.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Trade Deputy Manager, Luis Roger Ruiz Díaz, stated that the Subcommittee on Complementary Services, which is made up by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), La Libertad's Regional Government, through the Management of Foreign Trade, Tourism and Handicrafts, the Transportation and Communications Management, and the Chamber of Commerce and Production of La Libertad, met with representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), to promote work that will allow making the first air shipment of blueberries, asparagus and avocado directly from Trujillo to Miami in the third quarter of this year.

Ruiz said that they had addressed specific issues at the meeting held last Thursday in Lima, such as the recommendations of the Strike company, which considered that the thickness of the runway had to be at least 55, according to the Pavement Classification Number (PCN), for the landing of their aircraft, which is why the MTC representative stated that they had already issued a resolution stating that the runway's thickness would be 56 (NCP), thus complying with the standards established by the operating company.

"The region of La Libertad is 80 percent closer to making its first direct shipments to the United States and to other international destinations. The improvement of the Carlos Martinez de Pinillos airport will benefit the macro region, as the regions of Piura and Lambayeque will also be able to take their products through our air terminal," said Ruiz.

The subcommittee also met with ADP, Migrations, Senasa, and Customs, to coordinate the operation of the cargo terminal in drug controls, and contraband, among others; showing its full support to a constant monitoring and control of the cargo. They also agreed that the Strike airline would hire specialists in the tracing of explosives, a company that provides airport services (cargo loading), and another that uses dogs to detect drugs.


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