The Chinese authorities have transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food their official authorisation to export Spanish table grapes to Chinese markets.
This authorization complies with the agreement reached on 28 November 2018, during the State visit to Spain of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the course of which important export agreements were reached for agri-food products of our country, as reported by the Ministry.
The previous organization of the export campaign by the Ministry, autonomous communities and producers will allow exports to be possible immediately in the current campaign. In this context, this season grapes can be exported that meet the requirements of the export agreement between Spain and China, mainly from the regions of Murcia, Alicante and some specific areas of Aragon, Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha. This authorisation does not include the export of raisins.
Negotiations for the authorisation of the export of table grapes have lasted for several years, during which numerous technical difficulties and field audit visits had to be overcome, as “China is an extremely demanding country in terms of phytosanitary matters”, the Ministry recalled.
China produces around eleven million tonnes of table grapes, but imports have an important value and forecasts are that, in the coming years, they will continue to increase. Currently, the main exporters of table grapes to China are Chile, Peru, Australia and South Africa, although the United States also has very significant sales.
As well as being the world’s leading fruit-producing country, China is the main consumer and its exports are increasing year after year. Citrus fruit was the first Spanish fruit to be exported to this Asian country, with an important growth rate, from 1,300 tonnes in 2014 to 26,230 tonnes in 2018. In 2016 the market for peaches and plums was opened, exporting 220 tonnes in 2018.