Currently bananas on the Chinese market come mainly from Guangxi autonomous region, Hainan province and Yunnan province. However, their harvest seasons vary: Hainan bananas come to the market before October, followed by Guangxi bananas, and Yunnan’s in December…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Dec 2016

Key Point

  • China’s low banana prices are attributed to increased output (larger cultivation area). In addition, bananas from Guangxi Region are flooding the market, while Yunnan bananas are coming online. Lastly, imports from South America [e.g. Ecuador] and the Philippines are pushing down prices as well.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From September 21 to December 11, 2016, Chinese prices for domestically produced bananas decreased from CNY 7.68 (~US$1.15) per kg to 5.53 (~US$0.79) per kg.
  • In October 2016, Guangdong Province’s Zhanjiang announced it would export bananas to Iran for the first time. At the time, Zhanjiang had 33,000 ha of banana plantations and primarily supplies the domestic market (last exports in 2013).
  • 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 in October 2016 led to the ban being lifted for certain exporters.
  • 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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