At the cleaning line of Dalian Tianli Agriculture Developing Co, on any given day one can see workers busy using high-pressure air guns to remove dust from the apples ready to be shipped to the United States. The company along with 11 others are fervently hoping that the finishing touches would ensure sustained export orders from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. The current opportunity came about after the US Department of Agriculture officially permitted Chinese agribusiness firms to export apples to the US market on May 26 . Since then, the first batch of 12 Chinese companies from Liaoning, Shanxi and Shandong provinces have gained the necessary approval from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine…Full Article: China Daily June 2015
- In June 2015, Dalian Tianli Agriculture Developing Co will ship 41.3 MTs of Red Fuji apples to the USA. Dalian Tianli hopes to export 4,000 MTs to the USA in 2016. The company is headquartered in Dalian, Liaoning province, northern China.
- In January 2015, China’s AQSIQ and the USDA agreed on a deal that would permit for the importation and exportation of all varieties of apples between the two countries.
- In October 2014, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) lifted the ban on US apples.
- In March 2014, the President of the Northwest Horticulture Council (USA) lamented that Washington apples failed to receive export approval from China. The major sticking point being China’s demand that 0.1% of apples be disease free.
- In 2013, Shaanxi province produced 9.4 million MTs of apples or approximately 24% of China’s total output. The next largest producer was Shandong province at 9.3 million MTs or 23% of total output. Liaoning province was China’s sixth largest apple producer at 2.7 million MTs or 7% of total output.
- In early 2012, China banned imports of Washington apples (80% of U.S. supply) after “postharvest diseases” were detected in a shipment.