Top Peruvian Imports and Exports

Plaza de Armas in Cusco
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    Peru's Major Exports

    Open cut copper mining in Ilo
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    According to Trading Economics, "exports from Peru jumped 45.8 percent year-on-year to USD 3.6 billion in February of 2017, boosted by a 66.5 percent rise in sales of traditional goods, namely copper, gold, zinc, oil and gas and a 2.1 percent increase in non-traditional products, including fish. Exports in Peru averaged 820.84 USD Million from 1957 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 4554.90 USD Million in August of 2011 and a record low of 16.60 USD Million in February of 1959."

    A list of Peru's major exports include:

    • Ores, slag, ash: US$12.2 billion (34% of total exports)
    • Gems, precious metals: $6.8 billion (18.9%)
    • Copper
    • Food industry waste, animal fodder
    • Coffee: Peru is one of the top 10 coffee producing countries in the world; coffee is also a flagship product of Peru
    • Knit or crochet clothing, accessories
    • Molybdenum
    • Silver: one of the official flagship products of Peru
    • Crude petroleum and petroleum products
    • Natural gas: due largely to the Camisea Gas Project
    • Asparagus: second...MORE largest asparagus producer after China; Peru exports almost its entire crop (asparagus is rarely used in Peruvian cuisine); asparagus is another flagship product
    • Other vegetables, including artichokes, paprika peppers, and onions
    • Fruit, including table grapes, mangoes, avocados, bananas and citrus fruits
    • Apparel and textiles
    • Fishmeal
    • Fabricated metal products and machinery
    • Alloys
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    Peru's Major Imports

    Peru imports machinery
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    According to OEC, in 2015 Peru imported $38.2B, making it the 55th largest importer in the world. Peru's main import items include:

    • Petroleum and petroleum products
    • Chemicals
    • Plastics
    • Machinery
    • Vehicles
    • Color TV sets
    • Power shovels
    • Front-end loaders
    • Telephones and telecommunication equipment
    • Iron and steel
    • Wheat
    • Corn
    • Soybean products
    • Paper
    • Cotton
    • Vaccines and medicines
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    Peru's Main Export and Import Partners

    Major imports and exports of Peru
    ••• China and the USA are two of Peru's main trade partners. Gonzalo Azumendi/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    Peru’s main export partners are China and the USA, accounting for approximately 30 percent of the export share. Other significant export partners include Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Spain, Chile, Germany.

    A large percentage of Peru's imports also arrive from China and the USA (again, accounting for about 35 percent of Peruvian imports). Latin American nations feature heavily among Peru's other major import partners, which include Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Japan.