Peruvian exports totaled US$47.702 billion in 2018, thus expanding for the third consecutive year (+7.5%) and exceeding the historical record of 2012 (US$46.359), Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Edgar Vasquez informed Monday.
According to him, this outcome was mainly underpinned by an increase of non-traditional exports
(+12.6%), especially from the agricultural (+15%), fishery
(+26%), chemical (+12%), and metal-mechanic (+12%) sectors.
The non-traditional products with the highest growth were giant squid (+60%), blueberries
(+49%), grapes, and avocados (+26%), as well as fine hair products (+20%), plastics and articles thereof (+16%), as well as cotton garments (+13%).
"In the case of blueberries, US$544 million were exported, surpassing expectations," the official expressed.
Likewise, he underlined the Inca country is the world's second largest exporter of avocados
, after Mexico.
On the other hand, traditional exports
rose 5.6%, driven by higher sales of natural gas (+35%), as well as oil and its derivatives (+16%).
Furthermore, traditional fishery exports (fish flour and oil) registered an 8.3% expansion, while mineral shipments increased 4%.