An increasing number of vendors who sell snacks imported from the Philippines on taobao.com, China’s largest online shopping platform under the domestic Internet titan Alibaba Group Holding, began to boycott the sales of Philippine imported snacks after The Hague tribunal ruled against China in the South China Sea award on Tuesday [12 July 2016]…Full Article: The Global Times July 2016

Key Point

  • Some Taobao.com vendors from the provinces of Fujian and Shandong reportedly stopped importing dried (Cebu) mango from the Philippines.

ChinaAg Comments

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