Imports of Peruvian table grapes were increasing throughout January but may decline in February.
Volumes from Peru are up this year in comparison to the average of the past five seasons. Capespan North America reports Peruvian quality has been mostly very good and has avoided serious weather issues from orchards north of Lima, unlike Chile to the south.
Because of labor and social unrest throughout the growing regions, Peru’s volume is expected to be lower in February.
Capespan is concerned there may be some irregular arrival patterns. Because of congestion at container vessel ports between Long Beach and Los Angeles, CA, some Peruvian shipments are being redirected to Port Hueneme.