Hass avocados: From Cusco to Shanghai

Hass avocados: From Cusco to Shanghai

Ana Gamero

The first Hass avocado shipment has been sent from small producers in the Peruvian Andes to Shanghai.

Ten containers of Hass avocados from the small community of Limatambo in Cusco are expected to arrive soon in Shanghai.

The Hass avocado supply chain is very well organized. A 20-ton container of avocados was sent from a Limatambo, Cusco to Ica, where the fruit was packaged by Sun Fruits company, then the sanitary conditions of the product were inspected by the National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA).

After the quality of the product was checked and approved, the container of Hass Avocados was transferred to the port of Callao, ready to be shipped to Shanghai. The estimated time of arrival is 35 days. By the end of April, more Hass avocado will be sent to the capital of China. Producers expect to send 200 tons of Hass avocado in total.

This shipment was made possible by the alliance of Camet Trading and Sierra and Selva Exportadora. The last entity is part of Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, and it is a key player in the development of the Hass avocados exports. Sierra and Selva Exportadora has trained 160 Hass avocado producers in the district of Limatambo, province of Anta, Cusco, to enhance their field management and the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in order to get the GLOBALGAP certification, which allows them to enter the Chinese Market.

Hass avocado exports from Limatambo will bring great economic development in the small village as local producers will be able to enhance its agricultural techniques and become experts in the industry.

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