Blueberries, grapes, mangoes, avocados, asparagus and citrus were onboard the first of seven cargo flights from Peru to China scheduled for this year.
The inaugural shipment – described by Peru as representing a milestone in its bilateral trade relations with China – saw a China Eastern Airlines plane leave Peru’s Jorge Chavez International Airport on November 22 bound for Shanghai.
In a press release, Peru’s ministry of foreign affairs and trade (Mincetur) said the event also marked the occasion of a state visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping to Peru.
It also said China is a very important market for Peruvian fruit and vegetables. Peru’s main export products are avocados, asparagus, cochineal and tangerines.
Among the suppliers of the Peruvian produce aboard the first flight were the following companies: Danper, ProAgro, Agrícola La Venta, Agrícola Chapi, Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, Camposol, HCQ Perú, Talsa, Santa Azul and Agrícola Athos.
Peru and China signed a free trade agreement (FTA) in 2009 which came into force in March 2010 and under which Peruvian agricultural, fishery and manufacturing sector products gained preferential access to China.