With South Korea’s domestic production of grapes falling, the country is relying ever more on imports. This opens up opportunities for the world’s major producers, especially Chile, with whom South Korea signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2004. Despite government efforts to protect the domestic grape industry by imposing higher tariffs, the share of imported grapes continues to rise. Chile, which benefitted from its early FTA access, has the highest market share. However, US grape imports have also been on the rise since South Korea removed its off-season tariffs in 2016.
US and Chile vie for share of competitive South Korean grape market
Senegal’s fruit and vegetable exports rise 16.7% in 2017
Senegalese exports of fruit and vegetable produce totaled 106,200 tons in 2017, a jump of 16.7% compared to the 91,000 tons shipped the previous year. This confirms the dynamic picture seen in the country’s horticultural sector in recent years with exports increasing from 8,900 tons in 2010 to over 29,000 tons in 2014. Another key point is the conformity of shipments with the sanitary requirements imposed in destination markets.
Fresh Fruit: 120,000 tons of citrus fruit shipped and to all continents
The number two Moroccan group reports good growth of about 25% for its exports this season, with up to over 120,000 tons exported. ‘Small fruit’ such as clementines and tangerines account for about 70% of the volume.
“In 5 years, the production potential of our members will grow by 35-40% thanks to new plantations,” said the group’s commercial director, Mbarek Blileg. Fresh Fruit’s members are: GPA, SKS, Priagrus, M’Brouka, Agrumar Souss and Coop Zaouia.
Cameroon opens up to imports
The Cameroonian company UNAPAC, which produces bananas and pineapples, was one of the African market’s representatives invited to the French fair Medfel as importers.
“We have also begun our fruit import activity with French apples this year, with to 2 or 3 containers a week,” said Jean-Marie Sop.
With 23 million inhabitants, Cameroon is one of Africa’s stable markets and is accessible to imports, with a 20% customs duty. “The big retailers have also begun to get established, generating more imports,” Sop said.
A win-win situation with Africa
The European Union’s imports of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables from outside the EU remained stable at 11.8 million tons (worth almost €11.8 billion) and 1.6 million tons (€1.7 billion) respectively in 2015. A 3% increase in volume is visible compared to 2014. Imports of fresh fruit are largely being complemented by developing countries. South-Africa is the largest African supplier, shipping citrus, apples and pears in large quantities to the EU, while mangoes come from West Africa and some avocados are shipped from Kenya.