The New Zealand avocado industry is waiting for clearance to export to China, as it expands its trade into Asian markets. The Ministry for Primary Industries was negotiating an access agreement for China and avocados are at the top of its priority list for horticultural products. Chief executive of New Zealand Avocado Jen Scoular said only Chile and Mexico had access to China for the fruit. But she said avocado industry representatives attended a fruit and vegetable fair in Beijing last month, where Chinese officials indicated they saw no technical reasons why New Zealand should not be granted access as well…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Dec 2014

Key Point

  • New Zealand primarily exports avocadoes to Australia, but the country is hoping to expand exports to China and South Korea.

ChinaAg Comment

  • The majority of China’s avocado imports enter via Hong Kong, with mainland China appearing as a market of significance only in 2013. In 2013, Hong Kong imported 2,597 MTs worth of avocadoes (primarily from Peru, USA, Chile, and Mexico), while mainland China imported 1,498 MTs worth of avocadoes (nearly all from Mexico). South Africa is generally a major avocado supplier to Hong Kong, but exports declined in 2013.

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