South Korea shipped 5 tons of “geobong” — a species of grapes — to China, marking its first-ever export of fresh fruit to the country, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Tuesday [22 September 2015]. Agriculture Minister Lee Dong-phil and representatives of 13 local vineyards in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, saw the premium quality geobong grapes, also dubbed the kyoho grapes in Far East Asia, set sail for Chinese shores…Full Article: The Korea Herald Sept 2015

Key Points

  • In May 2009, South Korea began bilateral negotiations with China to supply Kyoho grapes.
  • In 2007, South Korea began negotiations to supply China with Korean paprika. As of September 2015, an agreement has not been reached.

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  • In July 2015, China lifted its ban on South Korean fresh milk. The ban was originally put in place in May 2014. South Korean exports of sterilized milk (ultra-high temperature processing or UTH) were not affected by the ban.
  • In June 2015, China and South Korea signed a Free Trade Agreement.
  • In July 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that he would look into easing China’s strict food safety regulations on fermented foods. China requires that all fermented vegetable imports must contain less than 30 colon bacillus per 100 grams. South Korean kimchi (fermented vegetables) have been banned in China as a result.
  • In 2003, China banned the importation of uncooked kimchi from South Korea.

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