Costa Rican pineapples are now available on Chinese e-commerce platforms as well as big retail outlets after the Central American country received official permission in May. After 25 days en-route, the first shipment of pineapples arrived in Shanghai in June, making Costa Rica, the largest producer and exporter of pineapples in the world, Chinese mainland’s newest importer of pineapples after Thailand, the Philippines and Taiwan…Full Article: July 2017

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  • In August 2016, the Consulate General of Costa Rica opened in Shanghai.

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  • In June 2017, China (via Shanghai) received its first shipment (15,000 boxes) of Costa Rican pineapples from four companies. Costa Rica’s pineapple exports took ~25 days to reach the Port of Shanghai.
  • From 2015 to 2016, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong) imports of pineapples increased from 99,283 MTs to 108,537 MTs, while equivalent values increased from USD 109.3 million to USD 113.8 million. Over the same period, Shanghai’s (top buyer) pineapple imports increased from 27,124 MTs to 31,584 MTs. Only notable importers include Xiamen, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Dalian.
  • In June 2007, Costa Rica established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

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