Malacañang said Sunday [27 March 2016] that the quantity of Philippine exported bananas that China destroyed was too small to affect the trade relations of the two countries. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that based on the statement of Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr., the 35 metric tons of bananas that Beijing destroyed on Saturday, March 26, was equivalent only to two containers or around 2,700 boxes with value estimated at P1.4 million [~US$30,300]…Full Article: Sun Star Manila Mar 2016

Key Point

  • On 26 March 2016, Shenzhen Customs agents destroyed 34.78 MTs of Filipino bananas owing to excessive carbendazim (a fungicide) residue.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In February 2016, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) was seeking talks to lift the Chinese ban on Mindanao bananas. 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.
  • 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 and banned shipments from at least five companies.

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