Exports from the interior regions of Peru totaled more than 374,700 million dollars between January and August 2022, representing an increase of 11% compared to the same period last year, official sources reported on Wednesday.
These results, which exclude sales abroad from Lima and Callao, were possible thanks to the “important development of exports from the southern, northern, central and eastern regions of the country,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism in a statement.
The ministry pointed out that, in total, 16 regions of the country increased their exports in the first eight months of the year and highlighted the cases of the jungle regions of Loreto and Ucayali, whose sales abroad exceeded their annual historical values.
In the north, all regions increased their exports, but the greatest dynamism was registered in Tumbes (+34) due to higher shrimp sales; followed by Piura (+15%), driven by exports of petroleum and phosphates; La Libertad (+12%) due to higher sales of blueberries and feed; and Cajamarca (+11%) thanks to the escalation of sales of coffee.
In the center, exports grew in Huanuco (+36%), due to higher sales of avocado and beans; and in Ica (+9%) due to the increase in its exports of copper, which doubled, of natural naphtha and grapes.
Likewise, all regions located in the east of the country also increased their exports, highlighting Loreto (+274%) for the highest oil sales; San Martin (+90%), and Ucayali (+86%) for higher palm oil sales, cocoa and coffee; and Amazonas (+57%) for higher sales of tara and coffee.
Finally, in the south, sales abroad grew in the regions of Cusco (+100%) and Arequipa (+21%) due to higher exports of natural gas and molybdenum, respectively.
Given these results, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Roberto Sánchez, said that it is expected that by the end of this year at least 10 of the 25 regions of the country will achieve record export figures.