Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Rogers Valencia on Thursday informed that Peruvian agricultural exports to the European Union (EU) amounted to US$1.093 billion between January and June 2018, a 24% rise from the same period a year ago.
Valencia noted this is the highest six-month figure since the entry into force of the FTA with the EU
in March 2013.
to the European Union
grew more than 80% in the first six months compared to the same period in 2013, when sales totaled US$602 million," the official underlined.
June 2018 growth was driven by higher shipments of fresh grapes (58%), mangoes (44%), avocadoes
(33%), asparagus (20%), coffee
(15%), and bananas (7%), which accounted for 68% of total exports.
It should be noted the European Union
is the main destination for Peru's agricultural sector exports (37% of participation).
Also, Peru is the world's largest supplier of avocadoes
and asparagus, the second of mangoes (after Brazil), the sixth of tangerines and coffee
, the seventh of fresh grapes, as well as the 11th of bananas.
During the first half of 2018, total Peruvian sales to the EU were valued at US$3.477 billion, up 19.3% due to increased demand from the Netherlands (30%), Germany (33%), and Belgium (51%), which accounted for nearly 70% of such increase.
As for foods, the highlights included higher avocado exports to Spain (28%) and the Netherlands (38%), greater sales of giant squid to Spain (47%), as well as increased shipments of mangoes (57%) and blueberries (172%) to the Netherlands.