When talks turn to China, the destination of avocados, Elena Roman lights up, carefully packing the fruits at a plant in the west-central Mexican state of Michoacan. “It’s nice to think they are going to travel as far as there, it’s exciting to know that,” Roman, 40, said in the small verdant town of Uruapan…Full Article: China Daily June 2017

Key Points

  • From 2009 to 2016, according to Mexico’s Ministry of Economy, Chinese imports of Mexican avocados increased from 16.7 MTs to 10,294 MTs. According to the Operation Manager of Mexico’s Avo Hass, Chinese importers prefer avocados that are small in size and yellowish green in color, as well as having no outward imperfections and at least a 15 day retail shelf-life. On average, Mexican avocado exports take 26 days to reach Shanghai/Shenzhen.

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  • In July 2016, Peru exported its first shipment (20 MTs) of avocadoes to Shenzhen.
  • In May 2016, China and Peru signed a phytosanitary agreement that permitted Peruvian avocado exports to China.
  • During the 2015 to 2016 season, according to a Mexican representative of the Association of Producers, Exporters and Packers of Avocados, Mexico exported approximately 11,000 MTs of avocadoes to China. The bulk of these avocadoes were shipped via sea freight to the port cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
  • In July 2014, Chilean avocados were granted permission to be exported to mainland China. At the same time, Peru was seeking approval to export avocados (Hass variety) to China.
  • In November 2013, Mexican Mission Produce avocados were distributed (via Shanghai’s Lantao International) to the cities of Zhengzhou, Shenyang, and Harbin for the first time ever.
  • As of 2013, the majority of China’s avocado imports enter via Hong Kong, with mainland China appearing as a market of significance only in 2013. In 2013, Hong Kong imported 2,597 MTs worth of avocadoes (primarily from Peru, USA, Chile, and Mexico), while mainland China imported 1,498 MTs worth of avocadoes (nearly all from Mexico). South Africa is generally a major avocado supplier to Hong Kong, but exports declined in 2013.

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