Spiking Agricultural Commodity Prices Stir Concern in China

China’s securities regulator has called for tighter oversight of agricultural commodity trading amid concerns that speculation could be driving an unusual surge in prices for staples ranging from garlic and ginger to iron ore and coal. Fang Xinghai, the deputy head of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), on Saturday said the market should be monitored

China Exports Fresh Fruit and Garlic to Russia via Refrigerated Container Train

China’s first refrigerated-container train left for Moscow from northeast China’s Dalian on Monday, marking the opening of a new transport link between the two countries. The new refrigerated-freight line is 8,600 km long, with trains taking about 10 days to reach Moscow. The train is carrying products worth US$150,000, including pears from Hebei, pomelos from

Taiwanese Garlic Farmers Upset Over the Import of Chinese Black Garlic

Members of the Taiwan Garlic Farmers’ Association and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Su Chih-fen blasted Kaohsiung Customs on Wednesday [11 May 2016] for clearing the import of crates allegedly containing barred Chinese garlic mixed with Thai produce. Association members and Su filed charges of malpractice against the customs unit at the Yunlin District Prosecutors Office

Shandong, China’s Fresh Produce Basket, Saw Exports of Agricultural Products Decline from January to September 2015

East China’s Shandong province, the country’s main agricultural region, saw an unusual decline in exports of farm produce in the first three quarters of 2015. Exports were 4.3 percent lower than in the same period of 2014, falling to $11 billion, revealed customs authorities in the Shandong port city of Qingdao on Tuesday [20 October

Farmers in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, Upset over Flood of Cheap Apples and Smuggled Garlic from China

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda met Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitaraman on Thursday [9 July 2015] and discussed ways of protecting farmers of Himachal Pradesh who are up against cheap Chinese apples and garlic. He said the Chinese apples with low import tariff and garlic with zero duty were being dumped in