As Polish apples have different taste and look and are competitive both in the quality and price aspect, we have great hopes for export to China, Miroslaw Maliszewski, chairman of the Polish Orchardmen Association told Xinhua Monday [14 November 2016]. Following the Belt and Road Initiative such as the Chengdu-Lodz express cargo railway service and Zhengzhou-Warsaw rail freight connection, Polish fruit growers are keen to explore the potential of the Chinese market…Full Article: China Daily Nov 2016

Key Points

  • In November 2016, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) granted import approval to Polish apples.
  • In June 2016, China and Poland signed an apple trade agreement. Approximately 40% of Poland’s apple production occurs around Grójec, Masovian Voivodeship, near Warsaw. Other major production regions include Lublin Voivodeship and Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2016, the Vice-President of New Hope Liuhe (subsidiary of New Hope Group) stated his company may invest and look for acquisitions in Poland.
  • In May 2016, a cargo train route linking Duisburg, western Germany, with Ürümqi, Xinjiang Region, (via Kazakhstan, Russia and Poland) began operation.
  • From 2014 to 2015, Russia’s share of Polish apple exports declined from approximately 36.5% to 0.1%.
  • In August 2014, Russian banned agricultural imports, including fresh produce, from various Western countries over sanctions relating to the Ukraine crisis. During the same month, 23 Polish agri-food companies participated in Hong Kong’s Food Expo fair. At the time, Poland agricultural exports to Hong Kong totaled on average EUR 70 million (~US$92 million) annually, with meat (including poultry) comprising 70% of shipments. Poland was looking to expand exports of apples, apple juice, confectionery products, and dairy products.
  • In the Autumn of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, a strategic initiative to boost the economic development and trade of countries lying along the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea, as well as overland in Central Asia and Europe.

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