Peru Exports Rise 21 Percent In January

Peruvian exports increased 21 percent in January to $3.59 billion, compared to the same month in 2011, according to preliminary data from trade group ComexPeru.

Comex said that the increase was largely due to a 23 percent rise in exports from primary products, which totaled $2.78 billion in the month.

Fishing exports rose 252 percent to $279.8 million in January from $79.4 million, state news agency Andina reported.

Mining exports totaled $2.07 billion, up 17 percent from the year-ago month. Gold exports in the month totaled $676.4 million, 16 percent higher than January 2011.

Agriculture exports rose 59 percent in January, boosted by coffee shipments which rose 122 percent to $74.4 million.

China continued to be Peru’s main export market. Traditional exports to China totaled $696.2 million, compared to $457.6 million to the United States, $357.7 million to Switzerland, $245 million to Canada and $209 million to Germany.

Non-traditional exports rose 15 percent to $808 million, with the U.S. as the main destination for those products.

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