A worker dries fresh coffee beans at a coffee farm near Kaffa, Ethiopia, Dec. 8, 2018. The local coffee farms meet busy season in December every year. Coffee rooted in Ethiopia is the raw material of various coffee drinks favored by people all over the world. It is said that coffee was discovered by sheepherder in Kaffa, southwestern in Ethiopia, from which the name of coffee evolved…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2018

Key Points

  • The article noted that Ethiopian green coffee bean (primarily Arabica) shipments are exported via the Port of Djibouti and then shipped by sea freight (~21 days) to Guangdong Province.
  • In 2017, according to Guangdong Provincial customs, the province imported approximately 27,000 MTs of coffee and byproducts or roughly one quarter of China’s total coffee imports.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2018, China signaled it would increase its soybean imports from Ethiopia. At this time, it was estimated that 50,000 Chinese resided in Ethiopia.
  • From January to March 2018, China imported 13,508 MTs of soybeans from Ethiopia. In 2017, imports totaled 14,939 MTs from Ethiopia.
  • From 2016 to 2017, China’s (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of Ethiopian coffee and its byproducts (HS 0901) decreased from 2,567  MTs to 1,847 MTs. Over the same time period, the amount of these exports that were transshipped via Djibouti declined from 471 MTs to 170 MTs.
  • In June 2017, it was reported that a 3,000 hectare Ethiopian irrigation project (~USD 55 million) would be completed by October. The project, led by China’s Jiangxi Water and Hydropower Construction, will be constructed near Lake Tana in South Gondar Zone, Amhara Region. Ethiopia.
  • In 2016, an Ethiopian agricultural delegation led by the Dean of Ethiopia’s Alage ATVET College attended a 12-day training program in China organized by the China’s Ministry of Agriculture.
  • In April 2016, Qingdao Port and the Port of Djibouti signed a partnership agreement in the capital of the African country. As of 2016, Qingdao Port (located along the Yellow Sea) had an annual capacity to hold/transit 15 million containers.
  • In 1984, the China National Complete Plant Import and Export Corporation signed an agreement to construct the Hare River irrigation project in Gamo Gofa Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR), Ethiopia. However, due to extensive delays, the irrigation project was completed in 1996 by Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation.
  • In December 1970, China and Ethiopia established diplomatic relations.

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