, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Edgar Vasquez informed Thursday.
According to the high-ranking official, this result meant an 8% increase over the same period the previous year.
"This progress is important, since the third-highest global growth rate was recorded in 2017," Vasquez expressed.
Likewise, the value of shipments in 2018 surpassed those registered in 2012, reference year due to the significant advance it posted.
Furthermore, Minister Vasquez pointed out that —for the first time— traditional and non-traditional exports
showed similar performance.
In this sense, non-traditional
shipments amounted to US$13 billion in 2018.
To date, Peru has signed 53 trade accords that allow preferential access for its value-added products.
Remarks were made during the "Competitiveness and Productivity towards a Modern and Inclusive Peru Forum" held in Lima.