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A more transparent asparagus supply chain from Peru to the U.S.

To examine if efficiencies in international supply chains could be improved with the use of a standardised system, a suite of cross-border pilot projects were executed with support from Asia-Pacific Economic forum (APEC). Put in place by GS1 Peru, this pilot aimed to provide a better understanding of the application of GS1 standards, exploring how they could solve potential challenges, the associated costs and resulting benefits. It delivered first-hand experiences about the use of GS1 standards to APEC member countries when monitoring the movement of selected products along the supply chain.


Processing time for the 3PL company was reduced by 20 percent.

Efficiency gains in communication increased by 50 percent with a reduction of time and resources from 1,500 to 750 hours per year.

Supply chain achieved 100% visibility.


The asparagus supply chain was selected by MINCETUR since asparagus is a key, competitive Peruvian export. Furthermore, agricultural exports are the country’s second largest generator of foreign exchange. Peru is considered as a world leader in asparagus production with 14 percent of the earth’s planted surface, only surpassed by China with 39 percent. In preparation, the data fields required for traceability in the supply chain were defined based on customer requirements and the GS1 global traceability framework. The initial preparatory phase targeted traceability data definitions while the second phase focused on data mapping, and the third phase on the actual implementation.


GS1 standards were applied to asparagus products and EPCIS was used so that all trading partners in the supply chain could monitor, track and trace products in real‑time. The partners of this project were the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR), BETA, the agro-industrial fresh asparagus exporter, Frio Aéreo, the 3PL company, Alpine Fresh, the U.S. importer, Superintendencia Nacional de Administración Tributaria (SUNAT), the Peruvian Customs Authority, Instituto Nacional de Calidad (INACAL), Peru’s representative in ISO and GS1 Peru.

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