About 20 billion yuan ($3.13 billion) worth of high-quality fresh food of the same standard as that shipped to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland will be supplied to the mainland markets in 2016 to diversify customers’ choices while boosting domestic consumption, a trade promotion agency said Wednesday [23 September 2015]. The International Brand Management Center (IBMC), which is under the China Association of International Trade, said Wednesday that about 600,000 consumers will initially enjoy these items in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province and cities in East China’s Yangtze River Delta and South China’s Pearl River Delta…Full Article: ECNS.cn Sept 2015

Key Point

  • According to the IBMC Director, industry suppliers met in Beijing recently and were told to comply with Hong Kong standards and maintain an equal pricing structure.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In mainland China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) is responsible for import-export food safety, while in Hong Kong its Centre of Food Safety regulates food trade for the SAR.
  • Hong Kong re-exports a significant share of its fresh fruits (e.g. tropical fruits, grapes, stone fruits, and citrus), luxury goods (e.g. cigarettes, alcohol, and chocolate), extracts/natural gums, and grey market goods (e.g. frozen beef) to mainland China.

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