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Peruvian produce imports thriving at PhilaPort

PHILADELPHIA — Peruvian grape volume shipped to Philadelphia has skyrocketed since 2012, when 1,000 tons of Peruvian grapes entered Philadelphia port facilities.

By 2016, that number reached 30,000 tons. It was 52,000 in 2017 and has been 60,000 tons, and more, in 2018 and 2019.

Figures released to The Produce News by PhilaPort show that fresh and dried grapes account for about 28 percent of the Peruvian freight tonnage shipped to Philadelphia.

Ranking second in Peruvian oil from petrol and bitum mineral.

Peru’s third-largest category into Philadelphia is fresh or dried dates, figs, pineapples and avocados. This accounts for about 15 percent of the volume. That volume has ranged between 8,000 and 12,000 tons per year since 2013.

Onions, shallots garlic and leaks rank third, with volume waffling between 4,000 and 7,000 tons per year since 2015.

There was no volume coming into Philadelphia in 2012.

Citrus accounts for roughly 10 percent of Peru’s ocean freight volume into Philadelphia. Bananas and plantains are a much smaller percentage.

Last year, PhilaPort hosted produce growers from Peru to Philadelphia to reinforce that business growth.

Other fresh produce received in Philadelphia from Peru includes blueberries, tangerines, pomegranates, lemons, artichokes, asparagus and peppers.