In the first eight months of 2013, the value of Peruvian fruit exports to the U.S. totaled $171 million, 22% more than during the same period last year.
Exports from Peru to all countries from January through August totalled $703 million, 15% more than over the same period in 2012, according to statistics from Peru’s Association of Exporters (ADEX) cited in a news release from Andina, a Peruvian government news service.
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service showed a similar increase in U.S. imports from Peru. The value of fruits other than bananas and plantains rose 23% in the first eight months of 2013. The value of bananas and plantains fell 10%.
The overall increase in the value of Peruvian fruit exports was driven by higher demand from the U.S. and the Netherlands, the country’s top two export markets, according to ADEX.
The value of exports to the Netherlands totaled $202 million, 13% more than last year.
Avocados and mangoes were the top two Peruvian commodities shipped to the U.S.
Fruit from Peru reached 76 markets from January through August. The other top destinations, in order, were the U.K., Spain, Hong Kong, Canada, China, Russia and Germany.
The biggest increases were in China (up 128%) and Germany (up 59%).
Grapes, bananas, tangerines, strawberries, oranges and blueberries were among the other fruits shipped from Peru in the first eight months of 2013.