Peru was leading soft citrus exporter in the Americas in 2017
The Andean country exported 143,000 metric tons (MT) of mandarins, clementines and tangelos, valued at a total of US$176 million - a 30% year-on-year rise.
The main destinations were the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands, while there were significant boosts for China, which rose six-fold.
The ministry also highlighted shipments to Russia nearly tripled. The increased was attributed to improved conditions in the Russian economy and the stabilizing of the Russian ruble.
More than 90% of export mandarins and clementines are grown in Ica and Lima, but there is strong growth coming from the regions of La Libertad and Arequipa. In 2016 these regions provided 2% of citrus exports, but last year that figure rose to 6.5%.
In just five years, Peru's mandarin exports have doubled from 53,000MT to 118,000MT, with the value more than doubling from US$67 million to US$157 million.