Members of the Taiwan Garlic Farmers’ Association and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Su Chih-fen blasted Kaohsiung Customs on Wednesday [11 May 2016] for clearing the import of crates allegedly containing barred Chinese garlic mixed with Thai produce. Association members and Su filed charges of malpractice against the customs unit at the Yunlin District Prosecutors Office on Tuesday morning, accusing it of approving the import of 80 tons of China-grown black garlic mixed with Thai garlic…Full Article: The China Post May 2016

Key Point

  • Taiwan has reportedly banned the import of Chinese garlic and other sensitive agriculture goods from mainland China from entering the island.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2013 to 2014, China’s garlic cultivation area decreased by 10%.
  • In January 2013, the EU member states of the United Kingdom, Italy and Poland reported that Chinese garlic was being smuggled into their countries in order to by the EU’s 9.5% import duty on garlic.
  • In 2010, China produced 18.5 million MTs of garlic (80% of total global garlic output).
  • In late 2010, Chinese wholesale garlic prices spiked to CNY 12 per kg [~US$1.79 per kg].
  • More than 60% of China’s garlic production takes place in seven counties located in the Shandong Provincial region, including Jinxiang County. Garlic from this region is typically harvest in June and sold to refrigerated storage warehouses in September. Together with Shandong Province, Yunnan Province is another major garlic production area (harvests in May).
  • Black garlic, a culinary delicacy, is produced in the provinces of Yunnan and Shandong. In Yunnan Province, the black garlic is small and only has a single clove, whereas Shandong black garlic has numerous cloves and is larger in size.

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