China has granted Spanish grapes access to its lucrative market. The protocol allows exports to commence immediately in the current campaign. Negotiations had been ongoing for several years.
The Chinese delegation highlighted the importance of the role of CEXVEG (Foreign Trade in Vegetables) in this market opening by ensuring the key elements of control and management of Spain’s phytosanitary certification system. Most of the grapes will come from the regions of Murcia, Alicante and some specific areas of Aragon, Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha .
This represents one of a number of protocols export agreements for Spanish agri-food products expected to be signed to China as the result of discussions that took place when the Chinese president visited Spain in 2018. Citrus fruits were the first Spanish fruits to be exported to China. Shipped volumes have risen from 1,300 tons in 2014 to 26,230 tons in 2018. In 2016, the market for peaches and plums also opened, with shipments in 2018 amounting to 220 tons.