Tanzania’s agricultural products, especially fruits and vegetables, command a large market share in the Guangdong Province of South China where the country’s largest and busiest port is located. The Guangzhou Port, according to Mr. Chen Wanxiong, its Board Director, handles all marine shipments between China and Africa with the continent, accounting for 15% of the total consignments of 8.84 million of standard containers that get shipped and received at the Nansha Harbour every year…Full-text article: AllAfrica Mar 2013

Key point

  • Sea shipments from Africa to China take at least seven days (not including stop-overs). Therefore, shipments of perishables (i.e. fresh fruit and vegetables) must undergo increased processing and packaging if Africa hopes to increase trade over the long run.

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