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Peruvian onion imports continue to rise in 2011

by Lora Abcarian | August 17, 2011

The Ministry of Agriculture of Peru released information earlier this summer stating that the country’s fresh-onion exports totaled $6.6 million from January through May 2011. According to government officials, this represents an increase of 64 percent over the same period in 2010.

The total fresh-onion volume was 34,300 tons during the reporting period. This represents a volume increase

The first shipments of new-crop Peruvian onions were being received at ports in the United States toward the end of July. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the first f.o.b. report the week of Aug. 7. (Photo courtesy of Shuman Produce Inc.)
of 74.2 percent from 2010. The web site, Living in Peru, provided some additional insights about the country’s onion exports. “The main destination for this Peruvian product is Colombia, which bought 29,000 tons of total exports (84 percent of the total), followed by the United States with 3,000 tons (9 percent) and Spain with 1,000 tons (4 percent),” the site stated.


The Ministry also reported that the average price for fresh onions during 2011 was $191 per ton, a drop of 5 percent in price from 2010. provided a snapshot of Peruvian-onion export activity occurring this past January. According to the web site, the Ministry of Agriculture reported that Peru’s overall onion exports increased 75 percent when compared to January, 2010. Total f.o.b. was valued at USD $2.8 million.

“The nationwide contribution from different regions was very similar to January 2010 in percent terms,” the web site stated. The majority of Peruvian onions exported in January 2011 were grown in Arequipa, followed by Lima, Lambayeque, Ica, La Libertad and Junin.

The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Peruvian onions were arriving at domestic ports, saying that “light shipments of re-packed onions may begin [the week of July 31] with volume expected the week of Aug. 7. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued during the week of Aug. 7.”

This past May, the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released figures on the American import value for products from selected countries in its publication, Vegetables and Melons Yearbook Data (89011). According to the report, the value of Peruvian onions exported to the United States was $24.1 million in 2010, up 8 percent from 2009.

Expoalimentaria, the largest international trade show in the region, will be held in Lima this September. The convention should be attended by 400 South American exporters. Food and beverages are showcased as part of the multifaceted convention.

An article published for the organization on Facebook was entitled, “Peru may become the world’s strategic food supplier.” According to the article, the Exporters Association of Peru (ADEX) has been working aggressively with global partners to promote and increase trade. “Peruvian goods are being shipped to extremely active markets, and the country itself is highly capable of adjusting to emerging trends like organic, functional or nutraceutical products and new fruits and vegetables,” the article stated. ADEX President Juan Varilias Velasquez added, “Peruvian exporters have doubled their production over the past five years because of greater investment, innovation and business creativity with 1,480 companies registered in that sector, 13 of which boast annual sales greater than USD $10 million”