On July 14th 2014, Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva led a delegation of 30 Peruvian companies, embarking on their one-week trade mission trip in Beijing and Shanghai.
On the morning of July 15th, a delegation of 20 Peruvian agricultural companies visits China Great Wall International Exhibition (GIE) as their first stop of business trip. During the conference, Ms. Cheng Yang, President of GIE, Mr. Di Gang, General Secretary of China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance, Mr. Cao Jinlu, General Manager of Sanyuan Meiyuan under Sunlon Group, and Dr. Lisa Pang, Director of China Fruit & Vegetable Fair organized by GIE, delivered speeches on the imports and exports of seafood as well as fruits and vegetables in China, and the market demand in Beijing and surrounding areas.
Among the Peruvian business delegation, are Congressman Rodriguez Zavaleta, Congressman Federico Pariona, Mr. Jose Baltodano, Deputy Director of International Promotion of Prom Peru, Mr. Luis Torres, Director of Intrnationa Trade of Prom Peru, and Ana Maria, Executive Director of the Agricultural Producers Guild Association of Peru (AGAP).
The China-Peru Free Trade Agreement came into effect on March 1, 2010. Grapes, mangoes and citrus are among the Peruvian fresh fruits that have access to China, which fall within the list of agricultural products eligible for tariff concessions according to the China-Peru FTA. The reduction in tariff brings enormous business opportunities to both countries. Peruvian Red Globe grapes are well known in China for their fine quality, large size, sweet and crunchy taste, as well as long shelf life. Availability peaked during the Chinese New Year, Peruvian Red Globes are among the most popular grapes exported to China. The tariff for Peruvian fresh grapes used to be 13% (base rate), which then reduced to 1.3% this year and will be exempted altogether from January 1st 2015. As for mangoes, the tariff rate was 15% before the signing of China-Peru FTA, and dropped to zero on January 1st 2014, the fifth year after the Agreement came into force. The tariff reduction for citrus fruits differs according to varieties. The highest is reduced from 30% to zero by January 1st 2014.
Peru table grapes are available from September to March the next year; mangoes from November to March the next year; citrus from February to September; lemons from December to February the next year; pomegranate from March to May. Hass avocados from Peru are of the premium quality and are available from March to September. Peru is also a major producer and exporter of asparagus, which is available all the year round. Recently, Peruvian officials have expressed their wish to export avocados and pomegranates to China during their meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIA).
Previously, Peruvian agricultural products are exported to China mainly through dealers. In recent years, producers in Peru are trying to reach out to Chinese exporters directly with the help of Peru Embassy in China, Peru’s Ministry of Commerce and Prom Peru. Consequently, one of the primary goals for the visiting business delegation is to help the Peruvian companies get in touch with Chinese buyers.