Italian fruit exports to China, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia are on the rise.
Italian apples, pears and kiwis have an increasingly bigger share in far Eastern countries. In apples, the 2014 campaign ended with 3,733 tons exported to these markets, 50% more than in 2013. Exports to India also rose significantly, totalling 2,520 tons in December 2014, 45% more than the previous campaign. Similar results were reported for Hong Kong, which quadrupled the volume of apples imported from Italy, and Singapore, which ended 2014 with an increase of 45%, equivalent to 444 and 489 tons, respectively. Pear exports, although less important in terms of volume, reached 105 tons this January, up 200% on the previous campaign, specifically to Indonesia and Singapore.
Finally, Italian kiwi exported to Asian markets totalled 19,787 tons in early 2015, a slight drop compared to the 2013 campaign. Although the most representative country is China, with 8,230 tons, the most striking figure is the increase in the kiwifruit share in Taiwan, which grew by almost 50%. The third largest market is India, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. For apples and kiwis, an upward trend is highlighted in the Indian market, which is emerging as a great prospect for Italian fruit.
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