Cambodia and China on Thursday [2 August 2018] signed a protocol of phytosanitary requirements that will make way for the exports of yellow bananas from Cambodia to China. The protocol was inked here between Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo under the presence of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong…Full Article: Xinhua Aug 2018

Key Point

  • According to the director general of Cambodia’s General Directorate of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, approximately 5,000 hectares of yellow bananas have been planted for Chinese exports. As of mid-2018, Cambodia exported bananas to Vietnam.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2015 to 2016, mainland China’s banana imports decreased from 1.07 million MTs to 887,192 MTs. On average, the Philippines and Ecuador supplied 66% and 23% of China’s imports, respectively. Over the same time period, Hong Kong’s banana imports decreased from 68,417 MTs to 66,354 MTs. However, they increased to 69,667 MTs in 2017. On average, the Philippines supplied 81% of Hong Kong’s imports.
  • In October 2016, Guangdong Province’s Zhanjiang announced it would export bananas to Iran for the first time. At the time, Zhanjiang had 33,000 ha of banana plantations and primarily supplies the domestic market (last exports in 2013).
  • In September 2016, officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) inspected banana plantations in the Philippines. Their subsequent approval in October 2016 led to the ban being lifted for certain exporters.
  • On 26 March 2016, Shenzhen Customs agents destroyed 34.78 MTs of Filipino bananas owing to excessive carbendazim (a fungicide) residue.
  • In February 2016, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) was seeking talks to lift the Chinese ban on Mindanao bananas. According to the Executive Director of the PBGEA, some Filipino banana industry representatives suspect that ban on Mindanao bananas was enacted in response to the West Philippine Sea vs. South China Sea dispute.
  • In April 2015, China announced plans to increase its imports of Cambodian bananas, mango and soybeans.
  • From 2010 to 2013, mainland China imports of bananas decreased from 665,230 MTs to 514,784 MTs. The Philippines was by far the largest supplier, accounting for 65% (~436,000 MTs) of mainland China’s imports (by volume) in 2010 and 77% (~400,900 MTs) of its imports in 2013. Burma/Myanmar was the second largest supplier, but only accounted for 8.7% (~41,000 MTs) of mainland China’s bananas imports in 2013.
  • Prior to the 2012 ban, China accounted for 70% of Mindanao’s (southern Philippines) banana exports.
  • In April 2012, China detected pests (e.g. mealy bugs) in shipments of Cavendish bananas from the Philippines and banned shipments from at least five companies.

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