Peru continues to seek new Asian markets and is negotiating the possibility of exporting new products to China.

During a working trip to Asia, Peru’s minister of foreign trade and tourism, Eduardo Ferreyros, met (link in Spanish) with representatives from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) to bolster the process of approving imports of new Peruvian products to the Chinese market, specifically shrimp, quinoa, pomegranates, and evaporated milk.

Mr. Ferreyros praised the joint work carried out by Peru’s National Agricultural Health and Safety Service (SENASA), the National Fishery Health and Safety Organization (SANIPES), and the Peruvian embassy in China. “Chinese and Peruvian authorities are working to draft a road map to make this process as fast as possible,” Mr. Ferreyros said.

In recent months, Peru has also signed trade agreements with Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador (link in Spanish) for other Peruvian products, mainly spices and fresh fruit.

The minister also met with authorities from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) to spearhead bilateral trade (link in Spanish) as part of the free trade agreement (link in Spanish) that the two countries signed in 2009. The officials agreed to hold the 2nd Meeting of the Free Trade Commission in September 2017 to look at customs cooperation, e-commerce, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures, among other issues.