Peru's calendar year (CY) 2015 pea and lentil imports are forecast at 73,000 metric tons (MT), up 16 percent compared to 2014. U.S.-origin pea and lentil imports are estimated at 28,000 MT, up nine percent compared to 2013. In terms of value, Peruvian imports of U.S.-origin peas and lentils have jumped from $10 million in CY 2008 to nearly $23 million in 2013, growing with a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent during 2008-13.

General Information:

Despite economic growth slowing to about 2.8 percent during 2014 (compared to average annual growth of 6.6 percent in 2010-13), Peru offers U.S. exporters of pulses excellent possibilities. Peas and lentils in particular offer opportunities.

Peru, Peas and Lentils Market Overview (2008-13)

Metric Tons (MT)

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014 (e)

Total Market Size

89,815

106,769

110,427

110,506

122,393

119,719

123,000

Total Local Production

50,051

54,058

55,066

50,945

56,788

58,385

60,000

Total Imports

39,764

52,711

55,361

59,561

65,605

61,334

63,000

Total Imports from the United States

12,171

17,516

20,034

23,780

23,629

25,770

28,000

Peru's total pulse imports have increased steadily in recent years. Peru's calendar year (CY) 2015 pea and lentil imports are forecast at 73,000 metric tons (MT), up 16 percent compared to 2014. U.S.-origin pea and lentil imports are estimated at 28,000 MT, up 9 percent compared to 2013. In terms of value, Peruvian imports of U.S.-origin peas and lentils have jumped from $10 million in CY 2008 to nearly $23 million in 2013, growing with a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent during 2008-13.

We attribute growth to the combination of increased recognition of U.S. product quality and rising domestic demand for a wholesome source of inexpensive protein. Domestic Peruvian production is also insufficient to meet current demand. Currently U.S.-origin product enjoys a market share of 38 percent.

Peru, Top Three U.S. Peas and Lentils Imports by HS Code

HS Code

Description

0713.10.90.10

Whole peas

0713.10.90.20

Split peas

0713.40.90.00

Lentils

Required Documentation

Prior to product shipment, the importer must request an import permit from SENASA (Peru's sanitary authority). The exporter must provide to the importer with a sanitary/phyto-sanitary certificate from the country-of-origin. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the competent U.S. authority for issuing sanitary/phyto-sanitary certificates. USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) supervises the export of grains, oilseeds, and related commodities.

Key Market Features

  • Pulses are a critical part of the Peruvian diet.
  • Healthier eating habits are being promoted in Peruvian gastronomy, boosting the consumption of peas/lentils.
  • Peas are the most consumed pulse, 3.8 kilogram/person per annum year. Beans follow at 2.6 kilogram/person and lentils come in third at 1.8 kilogram/person.
  • The U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) grants duty-free access.
  • Expansion of food retail channel in Lima and provinces, as well as private label brands.
  • A price sensitive market.

Key Importers

FAS Lima has identified 49 importers. Of these, 22 are medium-sized importers while nine stand out as large importer-distributors groups. FAS Lima can provide additional information upon request.

Peru Import Statistics

Commodity: Peas and Lentils

2008 – 2013

Partner Country

Quantity

Unit

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

World

MT

39,764

52,711

55,361

59,561

65,605

61,334

Canada

MT

27,317

34,891

35,038

35,668

41,822

35,409

United States

MT

12,171

17,516

20,034

23,780

23,629

25,770

Others

MT

276

304

289

113

154

155

Peru Import Statistics

Commodity: Peas and Lentils

2008 – 2013

Partner Country

$ Millions

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

World

31.5

40.2

44.0

52.9

54.0

48.9

Canada

20.8

25.0

27.1

30.8

33.0

25.9

United States

10.3

14.6

16.0

21.9

20.7

22.7

Others

0.4

0.6

0.9

0.2

0.3

0.3