Despite Myanmar farmers’ ambition to significantly increase watermelon exports to China, a hot-selling item in some Chinese cities in spring, Chinese vendors said the sales are held in check by factors such as the fruit’s season and size…Full Article: ECNS.cn July 2016

Key Points

  • From April 2015 to March 2016, Myanmar exported 528,960 MTs of watermelon to China and hopes to export 600,000 MTs during the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year (April to March). In general, watermelon and muskmelon accounted for ~65% of Myanmar’s fruit exports.
  • In July, Chinese watermelons hit the domestic market and imports tend to dip.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2011 to 2015, China (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) fresh watermelon imports decreased from 415,278 MTs to 214,443 MTs. The primary reason for the drop in imports was due to declining imports from Myanmar. For instance, in 2011, Myanmar exported ~203,000 MTs of fresh watermelon to China. By 2015, this figure had dropped to 11,894 MTs. This is according to data reported by China Customs.

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