Exports of blueberries from Peru to Israel (as a new market) are getting closer. The very important phytosanitary review process to mitigate the risk of pests is underway. This is after Peru sent a proposal for mitigation measures to the Israeli authorities who are currently reviewing the submitted documents.
The new Israeli market access being worked out will likely come after the current 2021/2022 Peruvian blueberry season, which runs from June to May and is set to end next month.
According to SENASA, Peru’s National Agricultural Health Service, they responded to Israel’s request by sending a proposal for mitigation measures for consideration. This includes phytosanitary certification processes in Peru to show that the requirements established by the Israeli Phytosanitary Authority are met.
“The phytosanitary authorities of both countries are in the process of reviewing and approving phytosanitary measures to avoid the risk of pests. SENASA has sent a proposal for mitigation measures and is currently awaiting Israel’s response,” explained Marilu Cordova Lopez, export specialist at SENASA.
Peru’s mitigation measure was sent after Israel’s Plant Protection and Inspection Service (PPIS) communicated to SENASA the phytosanitary requirements that will allow the export of Peruvian blueberries to this market.
Lopez said that Peru currently has, for the current season, 310 registered orchards of blueberries for export. In Peru there are 163 growers/producers of blueberries for export and 75 exporting companies. Blueberry production areas in Peru are Ancash, Cajamarca, Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Moquegua and Piura.
Peru has so far shipped 218,823 tons for US$1.307 million, 31% more in volume and 28% more in value, with the United States and the Netherlands being the two main destinations.
For more information:
Marilu Cordoba Lopez
Tel: +51 (01) 313 3300