The executive director of the Peruvian Institute of Asparagus and Vegetables (IPEH), Carlos Zamorano, said the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa) had recently informed them that the Government of the People’s Republic of China had given the green light for the first exports of Fresh asparagus from Peru. He noted that a delegation of inspectors from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China had visited Peru earlier this year to see their fields, plants, and verify that the phytosanitary conditions comply with the Chinese export protocol for this product, and that all that had been pending was the issuance of a report…Full Article: Fresh Plaza May 2015

Key Point

  • China will primarily import Peruvian fresh asparagus for use in its processing industry and not directly for fresh consumption. The fresh asparagus will be preserved and re-exported to European markets.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2014, mainland China only imported 2 MTs of fresh asparagus (from Thailand). However, Hong Kong imported 1,040 MTs of fresh asparagus during the same year. Hong Kong’s top suppliers by volume were Thailand, USA, Peru, and Australia.
  • In 2010, mainland China produced an estimated 210,000 MTs of fresh asparagus.

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