The world’s largest vegetable producer, China, saw exports increase in value by 5.1% last year. However, Chinese vegetable exports to the EU only account for 2% of this number. Quality is the main issue when it comes to sales to developed countries, with organic markets increasing in European countries by 20-30% over the last few years. Likewise, the popularity rate of organic vegetables in Japan now stands at over 80%.
The export volumes of Chinese vegetables passing west through the port of Khorgas in Xinjiang has increased dramatically as a result of the One Belt, One Road initiative. In 2016, half of the vegetable import in Kazakhstan came from China – almost 150,000 tons. The spread of Chinese vegetables is due in large part to its supply of off-season vegetables, with . most countries to the west of China having long and cold winters, which leads to a limited variety of vegetables and small production volumes.