Peruvian Exports Rise 10.7 Percent In First Quarter 2012

Peruvian exports totaled $11.2 billion in the first quarter of this year, up 10.7 percent from the same period in 2011, the private-sector Foreign Trade Society, or Comex Peru, said.

Non-traditional exports in the quarter totaled $2.54 billion, which is a 12 percent increase from year-ago period, daily El Comercio reported.

Sectors that led the non-traditional exports were agriculture at $679 million, non-metallic mining at $158 million and fishing at $286 million.

China was the main market for Peruvian exports, taking in $1.93 billion, up 17 percent from the first quarter of 2011. Switzerland was the next main market, with $1.44 billion, followed by the United States with $1.34 billion and Canada with $847 million.

Comex Peru said the country’s exports decreased in the month of March. It reported that exports totaled $3.62 billion in March, down 3.5 percent from the same month last year as important mining exports declined 13.3% in the month to $2.07 billion.

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