Export to Peru

Peru isn’t just one of the world’s fastest-growing economies – according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it’s also one of the most stable economies in Latin America.

Since the 1990s, Peru’s government has actively worked to reduce trade barriers. Today, more than 80 per cent of the country’s trade is covered by Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) – including one with the EU.

Peru and Britain have a strong friendly relationship and the two countries’ governments are working together to further improve security and sustainability.

Sources: European Commission, GOV.UK, IMF, The Economist, World Bank

DHL Facts

Locations: 14

Number of Service Centres: 3

DHL Delivery Zone: 10

Vehicle Fleet: 80

Peru: Country Profile
Population: 30.1 million


Exports from
US$ 41.48 billion (2013 est.)
Area: 1,285,216 sq km Export Commodities: Copper, gold, lead, zinc, tin, iron ore, molybdenum, silver; crude petroleum and petroleum products, natural gas; coffee, asparagus and other vegetables, fruit, apparel and textiles, fishmeal, fish, chemicals, fabricated metal products and machinery, alloys
Currency: 1 Peruvian nuevo sol (PEN) = 100 centimo Top Export Destinations: Columbia, USA, Chile, Spain, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador
GDP: $344 billion (2013 est.) IMPORTS INTO PERU
Time Zones: UTC-5, no daylight savings time observed Imports into
US $42.13 billion (2013 est.)
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, Ashaninka, other Import Commodities: Petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, plastics, machinery, vehicles, color TV sets, power shovels, front-end loaders, telephones and telecommunication equipment, iron and steel, wheat, corn, soybean products, paper, cotton, vaccines and medicines
Ethnic Groups: Amerindian 45%, mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 37%, white 15%, black, Japanese, Chinese and other 3% Top Import Origins: USA, Canada, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands
Transit Times
Destination Transit Time
Lima 3 days 4 days
Arequipa 4 days 5 days
Chimbote 4 days 8 days
Cuzco 4 days 5 days
Piura 4 days 5 days
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Peru. Contact the DHL team on 0844 248 0675

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 0844 248 0844

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  • Duty Free Allowance

    US$ 200

Essential Customs Information

Provide receiver’s name and tax identification number (RUC for companies; DNI for individuals; passport for non-Peruvians) before arrival for entry submission. Goods cannot be sent to minors under 18. Private customers importing more than 3 items need to obtain a formal tax ID (RUC).

The original invoice must be included with the shipment, which must include a full description of products per item with brand and model, commodity code(s), unit value per item, quantity and unit of measure, total value, sender’s logo (for companies), invoice number and date, full receiver’s information including address and phone number, manufacturing country, currency and Incoterm (CIF or DDP: specify the freight). All invoices must be typed. Invoices not in Spanish will require translation.

Certain items will require authorisation from DIGEMID, Peru’s General Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs, DIGESA, Peru’s General Directorate of Environmental Health or SANESA, Peru’s National Service of Agrarian Health.

Prohibited items specific to Peru:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Ivory
  • Mutilated maps of Peru
  • Personal effects valued over US$ 2000
  • Pisco (alcoholic beverage), unless made in Peru
  • Sweeteners including sucralose, saccharin, aspartame powder
  • Used car parts
  • Used clothing
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements

Restricted items specific to Peru:

Airline tickets (blank stock) (NI)
Send as goods.

Alcoholic beverages excluding Pisco
Receiver to provide DIGESA Sanitary Registration or DIGEMID authorisation. For personal use and less than 3L: can be processed with a declaration form.

Animal products including dairy products (milk, cheese), sausages, ham and gelatine
Provide zoological sanitary certificate and SENASA import license/permission. Insects: receiver to provide SENASA authorisation.

Books: hardback/paperback for non-commercial use
If receiver is private, but two or more books have the same title, duties apply. E-books: receiver to request Permit of Telecommunication Entity in Lima (MTC).

Booklets & brochures (non-advertising)
Only valid for subscription holders. If the receiver is a company: will be considered goods and incur duties regardless of declared value.

Brochures, calendars, catalogues, charts/graphs, pamphlets, printed advertising materials, technical manuals, price lists
Peru Customs value printed material US $8-15 per kg if sent under Incoterm FOB (Free on Board).

Chemicals, non-hazardous
Peru Customs will analyse contents. Provide certificate of description of the chemical.

Compact discs
For private use: indicate on Waybill; max. 4 units.
For publicity or containing technical information/manuals/software: send as goods.

Computer software, components & parts
Subject to Customs inspection. If the product is an upgrade: shipper’s letter of declaration must accompany shipment; state ‘UPGRADE' on invoice. Receiver must provide sworn declaration of contents. Commercial invoice must differentiate the value for the software and the magnetic carrier. PC software: duties and taxes only apply for only the magnetic carrier. Other software: duties and taxes apply to licence and magnetic carrier.

Credit cards (NI)
Must be embossed / printed, consigned to the end user, not activated. Max. 2 cards per shipment.

Cosmetics, cologne and perfume
Commercial invoice must include complete description of goods, usage, and brand specifications.
If receiver is a company: provide a Sanitary Health Permit (not required if the receiver is an individual).

Diplomatic mail
All shipments for diplomatic institutions must be sent from and to another diplomatic institution and sealed with a diplomatic sticker. Specify that the shipment is ‘DIPLOMATIC MAIL’ on Waybill.

Drugs: prescription & non-prescription, medical/dental supplies & equipment and medical samples If sent for commercial purposes: provide Sanitary Register Certification.
If sent for commercial purposes: provide Sanitary Register Certification. For private use: provide prescription from a Peruvian doctor, endorsement by Health Organism (DIGEMID).

E-books including Kindles, mobile phones, accessories & components, phones/modems, portable media players including iPods, radar equipment including transmitters/receivers, televisions & television equipment, tablets including iPads, Wi-Fi cameras
Commercial invoice must include complete description of goods, usage, and technical specifications. Receiver to obtain permission from Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC).

Gambling devices
For personal use: receiver to complete declaration form at destination. For commercial use (sales): receiver to provide Sanitary Register by DIGESA (importer has to process this at origin).

Machine & electronic parts
Include complete description of goods, usage, and technical specifications in commercial invoice.

Maps, including maps contained in other printed materials
Receiver to obtain permission from Peru’s Foreign Relation Secretary (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores) for clearance.

Personal effects valued under US$ 2,000
Indicate ‘PERSONAL EFFECTS’ on Waybill and Commercial Invoice. The receiver must be the owner of the personal effects and must present their original passport to Customs authorities in Lima. Provide proof of living outside of Peru for at least 13 consecutive months before the last entry into Peru. All shipments are inspected by Peru Customs. Clearance must be conducted by the receiver or third party broker (brokerage fee: US$ 50-100). All shipments, excluding diplomatic shipments, will be inspected. Shipment must arrive 30 days prior to arrival of receiver or 90 days after the receiver’s arrival to the country. Duties & taxes are subject to Customs discretion. Provide original passport with last entry stamp into Peru and detailed inventory in Spanish and/or English.

Photographs & publications not for public resale
If related to commercial activity: send as goods.

Shipper to attach original Phytosanitary Certificate to Waybill.

Rubber tyres
Receiver to provide permit from Peru’s Ministry of Production.

Include original phytosanitary certificate with shipment

Shoes/sample shoes
Provide Certificate of Origin. Drilled shoes do not require the Certificate and no duties apply.

Telecommunications equipment
Receiver to provide permit from Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC).

Textile articles including samples
Include information on fabric composition, item dimensions (length, width) and size. Items under 30 cm long on any side are samples; no duties apply. Samples cannot be fitted for commercial use or resale. Bulk chemical products are not considered samples. Confirm if Certificate of Origin is required. Zippers: provide Certificate of Origin.

Importers / receivers to provide local Sanitary Authorisation from DIGESA for clearance.

For air conditioning equipment, foodstuffs, ship spares and x-ray machines please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.