16 Jun Lychees for apples: ASEAN and China fruit trade is set to grow
Can you eat too much fruit?
Fruit exporters from ASEAN countries don’t think so. They have just increased the supply of dragon fruits, durians, lychees and other exotic fruits to China opening the new route from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City with Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Now they are shipping 1,100 containers with a load of 1,800 metric tonnes once per week and planning to triple the numbers by the end of 2017.
Southeast Asia has become Guangxi’s largest agricultural trade partner in the recent years, with fruits as the most desired product from both sides. According to Guangxi Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Guangxi imported 920,100 tonnes of fruit in 2016, with a value of $515 million, making Pingxiang port the main channel for fruit import and export between China and ASEAN countries. The goal for 2017 is to accelerate the construction of designated ports, such as Dongxing, Shuikou and Long Bang, and promote their early use as fruit trade channels.
Meanwhile, China exports 53% of its fruits to the ASEAN countries, where apples and pears are especially popular among the local consumers. From 2006 to 2015, Guangxi’s trade volume with ASEAN has increased from USD1.83 billion to USD29 billion, a four-fold increase in just a decade.
China-ASEAN Import and Export Fruit Chamber of Commerce supports both big producers and wholesalers and small farm operators. To handle the increasing volume of cross-border payments, the Chamber has signed a partnership with CM CrossPay. CM CrossPay will provide its integrated payments and trading platform for over 1,100 Chamber members. Now they can fully focus on supplying consumers with the freshest fruits 365 days.