Luca Braia, regional councilor for Agricultural and Forestry Policies, has announced that the Chinese government has authorized the import of citrus fruit and kiwis from Basilicata. “We managed to achieve such a great result thanks to the cooperation of our producers and of the Phytosanitary office managed by Ermanno Pennacchio…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Jan 2016

Key Point

  • The opening of trade was facilitated by the Italy China Friendship Association (ICFA).

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2011 to 2014, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of Italian kiwifruit increased from approximately 7,000 MTs to 14,281 MTs. A large share of these imports (~45% in 2014) were funneled in through Hong Kong. Chinese imports of Italian citrus during this time frame were minuscule.

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