Copper led Peru's exports in 2017 with sales worth US$13.773 billion, private-run National Society of Mining, Oil, and Energy (SNMPE) reported.
In this sense, said shipments accounted for 51% of total mining exports
worth US$27.159 billion at the end of last year.
According to the guild, copper shipments
made up 31% of Peru's total exports (US$44.918 billion) in 2017.
Foreign sales of the red metal (US$13.773 billion) experienced a 35.4% growth compared to the amount registered in 2016.
The main target markets for said exports
were Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, and South Korea.
More copper production
The National Society of Mining, Oil, and Energy (SNMPE) also highlighted national copper production
amounted to 2.44 million MT in 2017, a figure that reflects a 3.9% increase compared to the 2.35 million MT registered in 2016.
The main copper-producing regions were Arequipa, Apurimac, Ancash, and Cusco, which accounted for 70% of the red metal production.