Peru expects to export up to 270,000 tons of citrus fruits (oranges, mandarins, limes, lemons, and grapefruit) during 2023, according to a report by the Peruvian Citrus Growers’ Association (ProCitrus),
Despite a late start on season harvest, this is a 4% volume increase compared to 2022 which had 259,000 tons exported.
ProCitrus reports early varieties are a bit behind and the first peak of the season is expected to arrive at the end of April and May.
Exports will continue until August, led by a sharp drop in the first flower, which means the season will be marked by the volumes of the second and third flowers.
Last season, exports were challenged by high transport costs and the war in Ukraine. Many citrus producers were forced to switch to other fruits, which has reduced crops, especially mandarins and oranges, by an average of 8%.