Polish apple traders are looking for more Chinese buyers for their fruit, after the European nation signed a trade agreement with China on exports of its iconic bicolored apples to the Chinese market. “We are talking with potential trade companies, as well as supermarkets about selling our apples in China, which is an important market for us to expand the export volume,” said Waldemar Zolcik, chairman of the Association of Polish Fruit and Vegetables Distributors…Full Article: China Daily June 2017

Key Point

  • From December 2016 to June 2017, Poland exported approximately 500 MTs of apples to China (incl. Hong Kong).

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  • In June 2017, Qingdao’s Huangdao Port imported 54.4 MTs of Polish apples (three varieties).
  • In November 2016, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) granted import approval to Polish apples.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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