Peruvian agro-exports amounted to US$6.255 billion in 2017, up 8% over the previous year, Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) reported.
Said increase was underpinned by higher shipments of non-traditional products.
According to Minagri, products that registered higher export values —compared to 2016— were citrus fruits (+69%), fresh blueberries (+52%), fresh avocados (+46%), animal feed (+40%), quinoa (+18%), prepared artichokes, (+14%), among others.
On the other hand, traditional agro-exports
totaled US$819 million in 2017, a 6% decrease from 2016.
It must be noted traditional shipments made up 13% of total agro-exports.
This outcome was explained by a 7% decrease in unroasted coffee exports given the downturn in its price at international markets.
Coffee accounts for 86% of Peru's total traditional shipments.
agro-exports saw an 11% increase in 2017, with sales totaling US$5.436 billion FOB and accounting for 87% of the country's total shipments.
Products such as fresh grapes, fresh avocados, fresh and prepared asparagus, fresh blueberries, fresh mangoes, Cavendish Valery bananas, cacao beans, other citrus fruits, quinoa, prepared artichokes, sugar-free evaporated milk, among others, stood out in this sense.
Peruvian agricultural exports captivated 149 countries, being
the United States
the major export destination (receiving 31% of total exports).
The second main market was the Netherlands (14%), followed by Spain (6%), England (5%), Ecuador (5%), China (4%), Germany (4%), Chile (2%), Canada (2%), and Belgium (2%).