Agricultural cooperation between China and Latin America is thriving thanks to their economic complimentary. It has now become commonplace in China to come across Latin American exports such as soy, sorghum, honey, beef, wheat and corn, as well as fruits. In a recent report, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) based in Santiago, Chile, said China’s economic transformation and growing rates of domestic consumption will positively impact countries in the region…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2015

Key Points

  • From 2014 to 2015, Mexican agricultural exports to China increased 24%.
  • According to an Argentinian economist, approximately 94% of Chinese imports from Argentina are agricultural products and byproducts.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2015, Argentina and China signed agreements for the exportation of alfalfa hay. In addition to alfalfa, China has recently eased trade restrictions on Argentinian pears, apples, sorghum, blueberries, grapes, and mutton (i.e. sheep meat).
  • From January to June 2015, Argentina reportedly exported 17,051 MTs of beef to China.
  • From 25 March to 1 April 2015, Chinese AQSIQ officials inspected honey production areas in Chaco province (northern Argentina) and in western Buenos Aires province.
  • In January 2015, berry producers from Jalisco and Michoacan, western Mexico, planned to export raspberries and blackberries to China for the first time.
  • In November 2013, it was announced that Chinese technicians would visit Mexico to assess the country’s production, packing and food-safety operations of its blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
  • In August 2013, China permitted the importation of 60,000 metric tons of GMO Argentine corn. The corn was to be used for chicken and hog feed.
  • In 2012, Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture and China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG) signed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation relating to grain.

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