With no direct air routes, a Chinese must endure at least a 25 hour journey, making a stopover in America or Canada, to reach Chile.  Good things are Chinese consumers now can eat fresh cherries of the Latin American country, that may have still been on the tree barely 30 hours ago, thanks to direct flights reserved for the flourishing import and export of goods between the two countries…Full Article: The Global Times Nov 2016

Key Point

  • From November 6th to the end of December 2016, 90 air freight flights will transport approximately 10,000 MTs of fruit from Chile to Zhengzhou, Henan Province. In 2016, Chile is expected to export 100,000 MTs of cherries to China. In general, Chile accounts for roughly 98% of China’s blueberry imports and 77% of its cherry imports.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In August 2016, China’s Zhengzhou airport began imported Canadian blueberries for the first time. According to the Deputy General Manager of Banda Tianyuan International Logistics, Zhengzhou Airport will look to become a major fresh fruit importer and distributor.
  • In January 2016, Mexico reported difficulties in exporting agricultural goods via air freight to Henan Province.  At the time, the Mexican States of Guadalajara and Jalisco had not successfully established direct air routes with Henan Province. These two Mexican regions were instead shipping to China via Chicago, Alaska, and Hong Kong.
  • In March 2015, Mexico and Henan Province signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch direct flights between Guadalajara, Jalisco and Henan. Mexico intended to export melons, papayas, avocados, berries, and other fresh produce to China.

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