The Chinese government has lifted the ban on the import of bananas coming from the Philippines. During his courtesy call at the Department of Agriculture, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China would now accept bananas and pineapples from Philippine-based exporters…Full Article: Philstar Oct 2016

Key Points

  • In September 2016, officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) inspected banana plantations in the Philippines. Their subsequent approval led to the ban being lifted for certain exporters.
  • As a result of improved relations, China may increase imports of Filipino mangoes, coconuts, dragon fruit, Lapu-Lapu [Grouper fish], crabs, shrimp, prawns, and tuna.

ChinaAg Comments

  • On 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.
  • 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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