Indian grapes gained access to China two years ago. In the first year exporters were cautious and not much was sent to the new market, but in the 2016/17 season the volumes increased greatly. India exported close to 100 containers, nothing compared to what is sent to Europe and the UK markets, but still a significant increase from the first year…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Sept 2017

Key Point

  • According to an Indian grape exporter, the Chinese market prefers see an undisturbed bloom on grapes whereas the European market does not. The bloom of the grape is the natural waxy white coating on the grapes.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In July 2017, China granted import approval to Egyptian grapes after two years of negotiations.
  • In July 2016, China granted import approval to Argentine grapes
  • From 2015 to 2016, China’s (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of fresh grapes increased from 420,486 MTs to 489,640 MTs. In 2016, the top supplier was Chile at 219,718 MTs, followed by Peru and Australia at 107,750 MTs and 79,490 MTs, respectively. India was the sixth largest supplier at 2,764 MTs. In general, China’s 2016 fresh grape imports were split between ports located in mainland China (51.5% of 2016 imports) and Hong Kong (48.2% of 2016 imports).

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