Recently, the Peruvian Foreign Trade Association (ComexPerú) stated that Peruvian pomegranate has been looking forward to entering the Chinese market. However, affected by the epidemic, since last year, technicians from the Chinese plant quarantine department have been unable to go to Peru for inspection and certification. Therefore, the import quarantine test of Peruvian pomegranate is still”standby.”
The representative of the association stated that China was originally the first Asian buyer of Peruvian pomegranates. Since 2019, Peru has been deploying to export to the Chinese market. The association hopes that the agreement can be reached as soon as possible so that Peru can make more investments in this product. The association believes that Peru is very competitive in the development of pomegranate varieties, and if a new land law is introduced at this time, it will raise labor costs by 30%and cause losses in export bidding.
According to the association’s statistics, although the average annual value of Peruvian pomegranate has increased by 18%in the past five years, the production volume has increased by 26%. However, due to the impact of the epidemic, the export volume of pomegranate has declined in 2020. From January to November last year, Peru’s exports of pomegranates to foreign countries were 37,221 tons, a decrease of 9.1%over the same period in 2019; the value of the goods reached 64.7 million US dollars, a decrease of 5.6%year-on-year.
As the consumption of pomegranates in Peru is low, most of them are exported. The main export destinations are:the Netherlands, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Peruvian pomegranate is grown mainly in Ica, La Libertad and Arequipa in the coastal areas. The promotion season starts in January and ends in June, and the peak of exports is between February and March.