Around 60 Portuguese companies, including almost 50 wine producers, are taking part in two trade fairs in Shanghai, Pro Wine China and Food and Hospitality China, with a view to boosting Portuguese exports, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported on Wednesday [12 November 2014]. Portuguese Minister for Agriculture and the Sea Assuncao Cristas attended the inauguration of both fairs, and headed up what is considered to be one of the largest agro-food delegation from Portugal to the Chinese market…Full Article: The Global Times Nov 2014

Key Point

  • In November 2014, eight representatives of the Portuguese government are expected to visit China, with Portugal’s Ministry of Agriculture being the first.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2009 to 2013, mainland China’s imports (excl. Hong Kong & Macau) of Portuguese wine (HS 2204) increased from approximately 1.06 million liters to 5.4 million liters, or by ~407%. However, import volumes have been stagnating since 2011 when Chinese purchases of Portuguese wine hit 6.3 million liters.

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