Compared with the previous year, 2017 has been a disappointing year so far for Peruvian asparagus exports. Following a sluggish start to the year, exports eventually started to pick up during the second half, with September recording the highest monthly figure for the year (11.9 million kg). But the recovery has not been sufficiently strong as yet to make up for the very low early figures. FOB is 20% lower than for 2016 and average monthly volumes currently sit 30% lower than for last year. However, the average price of exported Peruvian asparagus is up 15% on 2016 levels.
By far the largest export market for Peruvian asparagus is the US, followed by the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Australia. Considering the value of shipments sent so far this year, exports to all of these countries are significantly lower than for last year. In fact, the FOB value of sales to far, the US slumped from US$258,969 to US$148,316