Peruvian exports of fresh grapes have experienced an important growth in 2018, making Peru become the third world exporter of this fruit, announced Thursday the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Sayuri Bayona, said that last year Peru exported this product for US $819 million (26%), a figure that allowed it to be located above Italy and China.
“In 2018, shipments of fresh grapes grew mainly due to the greater volume exported (27%), going from 270,000 tons in 2017 to 343,000 tons last year. The effort of our exporters, coupled with the intensive campaign to promote our fruit basket in the world, have made us stand in an unprecedented position”, he explained.
To date, Chile and the United States remain as the first and second world exporters of fresh grapes, registering shipments of US $1.074 billion and US $926 million, respectively.
“If this positive trend continues, Peru could reach and surpass these levels in the coming years,” the vice minister added.
Meanwhile, Italy and China ship this product for US $779 million and US $690 million, in the same order, ranking fourth and fifth.
Currently, the main destinations of our fresh grapes are the United States, European Union and China, according to the Mincetur.
They highlighted the significant growth of exports of fruit to the European Union (84%), driven by the largest shipments to Germany (461%) and Italy (188%).
Likewise, Mincetur indicated that Ica and Piura are the main grape exporting regions, during 2018, the first one made shipments for US $369 million (8%), while the second one reported shipments for US $325 million (50% ).