Argentina and China signed the respective sanitary protocols to open the Chinese market to Argentine fresh blueberries and dried peas, within the framework of a visit of the Ministry of Agribusiness to the People’s Republic of China…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Jan 2018

Key Points

  • In late December 2017, China and Argentina not only signed agreements relating to Argentine blueberries and dried pea (e.g. green and yellow peas) exports, both countries also reached an agreement on cherries (modified trade protocol).
  • From January to November 2017, China imported ~10,000 MTs of fresh blueberries (primarily from Chile and Peru), and 1.2 million MTs of dried peas (primarily from Canada).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In China, dried peas are generally processed into starch, fiber and protein, and used as food or animal feed (e.g. livestock feed, fishmeal, etc.).
  • In mid-December 2017, a Chinese delegation, at the behest of the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ), visited Argentina to ensure that the fumigation process (methyl bromide) for air-freight exports were in order.
  • In May 2017, China’s Alibaba and Argentina signed a MoU in Buenos Aires relating to agricultural products. As a result of the MoU, Argentinian agriculture goods may be distributed/marketed via Alibaba’s Tmall.
  • In early November 2016, Peru’s SENASA and China’s AQSIQ signed an agreement on the exportation of blueberries to the mainland. Later that month, Peru exported blueberries and mangoes (as well as avocados, asparagus, grapes) via a Lima-Shanghai China Eastern Airlines cargo flight during the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
  • In July 2016, as a result of the bilateral talks, Argentine grapes have been granted access to the Chinese market, while negotiations on beef, poultry, cranberry exports progressed. Additionally, sanitary regulations regarding biotechnology, dairy, seeds, and veterinary drugs were also discussed.
  • In September 2015, Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture and the Deputy Chief of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) signed agreements permitting the exports of Argentine bales of alfalfa, pet food, bovine embryos and semen.
  • From 25 March to 1 April 2015, Chinese AQSIQ officials inspected honey production areas in Chaco province (northern Argentina) and in western Buenos Aires province.
  • In August 2013, China permitted the importation of 60,000 metric tons of GMO Argentine corn. The corn was to be used for chicken and hog feed.
  • In 2012, Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture and China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG) signed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation relating to grain.
  • From 2009 to 2014, the bulk of Canada’s dried pea exports to China were shipped to the Port of Qingdao, Shandong Province. In 2014, Qingdao accounted for ~54% (by value) of Canada’s China-bound dried pied exports. The next largest Chinese import ports were Huangpu and Nanning.

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