Chinese grape sector develops
China’s 2019/20 table grape imports are estimated to be down almost 5% to 250,000 tons, due to the improved quantity and quality of the domestic crop. China’s main sources for grape imports are in the Southern Hemisphere (Chile, Peru and Australia) during the off-season, while the US is traditionally China’s main grape supplier in the Northern Hemisphere. However, the trade dispute with the US has led China to grant access to Spanish and Portuguese grapes.
China’s grape exports have steadily risen in recent times due to their improved quantity and quality. In 2019/20 (June-May), shipments are estimated up over 10%, at 320,000 tons. The principal export markets are Southeast Asian countries.