The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) is expected to hold talks with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)’s Plant Quarantine Service to discuss possible measures in a bid to lift the suspension of some banana exporters in Mindanao by Chinese government. At present, five banana companies have been suspended to export bananas to China due to phytosanitary issues since 2012. One of the suspended companies is a PBGEA member…Full Article: Sun Star Davao Feb 2016

Key Point

  • According to the Executive Director of the PBGEA, some Filipino banana industry representatives suspect that ban on Mindanao bananas was enacted in response to the West Philippine Sea vs. South China Sea dispute.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2010 to 2013, mainland China imports of bananas decreased from 665,230 MTs to 514,784 MTs. The Philippines was by far the largest supplier, accounting for 65% (~436,000 MTs) of mainland China’s imports (by volume) in 2010 and 77% (~400,900 MTs) of its imports in 2013. Burma/Myanmar was the second largest supplier, but only accounted for 8.7% (~41,000 MTs) of mainland China’s bananas imports in 2013.
  • Prior to the 2012 ban, China accounted for 70% of Mindanao’s (southern Philippines) banana exports.
  • In April 2012, China detected pests (e.g. mealy bugs) in shipments of Cavendish bananas from the Philippines.

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