Japan opens its market to Peruvian grapes: How do exports of this fruit benefit?
Published Apr 27, 2023
How is the commercial relationship with Japan? According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), the Japanese country is the second destination for Peruvian exports in Asia, surpassed by our main trading partner China. In 2022, shipments from Peru to Japan were for US$4,092 million and the main products are copper and naphtha-natural gas.
It should be remembered that Peru is the world's leading exporter of fresh grapes. Claudia Solano, manager of Agroexports of the Association of Exporters (Adex), estimates that the potential figure of US$17 million could be registered for the next grape campaign, which runs from October to March of the following year. In addition, he maintains that it could displace blueberries as the main product in the Peruvian agro-export basket, with the opening of this market. For his part, Rafael Zacnich, manager of Economic Studies of the Foreign Trade Society of Peru (ComexPerú) indicates that Japan imported grapes for more than US$100 million last year, its main suppliers being Chile, the United States, Australia and Mexico. Although he points out that he cannot give an estimated potential figure to be achieved, since this will only be noticed in the following months, Zacnich believes that Chile could compete for the Japanese market. The southern country exported US$40 million to the ...