Getting Started in Peru

At U.S. Embassy Lima, we aim to help U.S. businesses establish and grow their exports to Peru. In this section, you’ll find an overview of the Peruvian market and some suggestions to help get you started.

  1. Visit our local Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) offices that represent the diverse interests of U.S. agricultural producers and agribusiness for sales abroad.
  2. Visit our local Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) offices dedicated to promoting U.S. goods and services exports overseas. (http://export.gov/Peru/)
  3. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts. The Library includes:
    • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides)
    • Industry Overviews
    • Market Updates
    • Multilateral Development Bank Reports
    • Best Markets
    • Industry/Regional Reports
  4. In the United States, contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Peru. (http://export.gov/usoffices/index.asp)
  5. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aimed at providing educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  6. Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Peru.
  7. Foreign Commercial Guide for Peru
  8. The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas.  Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes
  9. Peru Trade Promotion Agreement

Traveling to Peru

Investing in Peru

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Peru.

Potential Investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investing in Peru, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Commercial Advisory

Buyers, sellers, traders, and refiners of gold may wish to conduct additional due diligence as part of their risk management regimes to account for the influx of illegally mined Peruvian gold into existing supply chains.  Peruvian authorities have been taking steps to tackle illegal gold mining in sensitive regions such as Madre de Dios, Puno, Arequipa, and Piura regions that is responsible for negative environmental, criminal and human health impacts, and fuels trafficking in persons and other crimes. The Government of Peru is focusing on transnational criminal elements involved in the production, laundering, and sale of illegally mined gold, and the fraudulent documentation that is used to obscure the origin of illegally mined gold. Illegally mined gold from Peru is also exported via neighboring countries to obscure its origin and illegality before it enters the international market.

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Peru, the U.S. Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

Working in Peru

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Peru see: http://www.embassyofperu.org/

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Peru: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/peru.html

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices and promote free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. individuals and companies, and to companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies that are publicly traded in the United States to keep accurate books and records and to implement appropriate internal controls. More information on the FCPA can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statute. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but Department of Justice publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations. More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/docs/frgncrpt.pdf (PDF 25 KB)