China has opened the market to Malaysian pineapples for the first time, with the first batch of products arriving at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport Friday. According to a statement released by Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, the first batch of pineapples, weighing 120 kilograms, is a small quantity. The fruits will be sold in Shanghai…Full Article: China Daily Sept 2017

Key Point

  • In May 2017, China and Malaysia signed a trade agreement during Beijing’s Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Malaysia will reportedly export 12,000 MTs (USD 9.6 million) of pineapples per year to China.

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  • In June 2017, China (via Shanghai) received its first shipment (15,000 boxes) of Costa Rican pineapples from four companies. Costa Rica’s pineapple exports took ~25 days to reach the Port of Shanghai.
  • From 2015 to 2016, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong) imports of pineapples increased from 99,283 MTs to 108,537 MTs, while equivalent values increased from USD 109.3 million to USD 113.8 million. Over the same period, Shanghai’s (top buyer) pineapple imports increased from 27,124 MTs to 31,584 MTs. Only notable importers include Xiamen, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Dalian.
  • In August 2013, Malaysia announced it planned to begin exporting pineapples to mainland China in 2014. China reportedly wanted to import one hundred 40-feet containers of pineapples per month from Malaysia.

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