Spanish grapes have gained access to the lucrative Chinese market. The agreement was signed in December and follows two years of work to obtain the necessary protocol. Spain is the EU’s leading producer of seedless table grapes, which are particularly popular in China. Spain is also working on finalising bilateral protocols with China for strawberry and cherries. The agreements come as demand for fruit in China is increasing.
In 2014, Spain began exporting citrus to China and, with US$34.6 million shipped in the first nine months of 2018, it is now the fifth largest exporter to China, behind South Africa, Australia, the US and Egypt.