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China’s nectarine market opening to Chile

Ronald Bown, president of the association representing Chile’s fruit exporters, Asoex, said Chile has the potential to eventually export in the region of a million boxes to China.

Chile will be able to export its nectarines to China as of next month, Chile’s agriculture minister Carlos Furche has announced.

After three years of negotiations and various meetings of officials from both countries, the relevant protocol is expected to be signed in November during a visit by the president of China to Chile.

In a press release, Furche, who is attending ChileWeek events in Miami, said Chile’s global nectarine exports already total about US $50 million a year.

He said the Chinese deal means Chile’s nectarine producers and exporters will have access to a market undergoing strong growth and provides opportunities to diversify their shipments.

It is also important amid what is a very competitive global market with the entry of new nectarine suppliers from countries in the European Union and in the Southern Hemisphere, Furche said.

Ronald Bown, president of the association representing Chile’s fruit exporters, Asoex, said Chile has the potential to eventually export in the region of a million boxes to China.

He said the export deal will benefit more than 500 producers and in turn help improve conditions for labourers.

“AQSIQ Vice Minister Mr. Wu Qinghai met with Minister of Agriculture of Chile Mr. Carlos Furche in Beijing on September 2, 2016. The two sides conducted in-depth discussions on the inspection and quarantine access of agricultual products and food mutually provided and reached several consensuses. After the meeting the two sides signed cooperation documents.
Chilean Ambassador to China, Director of Chilean Agricultural and Livestock Service, Directors from Chilean associations in fruits, pork and meat, and officials from CNCA, Department of Supervision on Animal and Plant Quarantine and Department of International Cooperation of AQSIQ attended the meeting.”

source: AQSIQ

Source of image at top: Chilean ministry of agriculture  


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Chinese open their doors to Spanish stone fruit

Fepex said the signing of the protocol is of strategic importance for Spain’s stone fruit sector.

China and Spain this week signed a phytosanitary protocol opening the Chinese market to imports of Spanish plums, peaches, nectarines and saturn (flat) peaches.

The first Spanish exports, probably by air, could start this season but first inspectors from AQSIQ, China’s customs and quarantine authority, must visit Spain to verify compliance requirements in the field, according to Fepex, the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruit, vegetables, flowers and live plants.

In a press release, Fepex said the signing of the protocol, which took place yesterday in Beijing, is of strategic importance for Spain’s stone fruit sector. “It opens one of the markets with the greatest potential for consumption in the world, virtually closed to imports from other producing countries. Spain is the first EU Member State authorised by AQSIQ to export stone fruit to its market.”

Fepex said Chinese stone fruit imports are extremely limited. It takes just 17,137 tons of plums, from Chile, New Zealand and the United States, and 74 tons of peaches and nectarines, from  Australia, based on FAO data, Fepex said.

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Spanish hopeful of Chinese market entry deals soon on stone fruit, grapes


Spain is optimistic its fresh plum, peaches and nectarines will soon be imported by China.

And it is also happy with progress on a protocol which would see the Asian giant also open its doors to fresh Spanish table grapes. Spanish Secretary of State for Trade Jaime García-Legaz said recently he hoped to have positive news by the end of the year.

Final report due on Spanish plums, peaches, nectarines

A spokesman from the Spanish Ministry of Economy told EFD the Chinese phytosanitary requirements for plums, peaches and nectarines have now been “practically cemented” by AQSIQ (China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine).


In August, Chinese inspectors visited areas of plum, peach and nectarine production in Spain to verify the controls in place and their resulting assessment was regarded as “positive”, he said. After this visit, the Chinese phytosanitary requirements had been largely specified, “and it’s hoped that soon, perhaps before the end of this year, they will issue their final report and with that proceed to open the Chinese market for these products,” he said.

AQSIQ visits expected soon for Spanish table grapes

On grapes, he said Spain is waiting for China to complete its pest risk analysis, as part of which the phytosanitary requirements for this product will be determined. A visit by Chinese inspectors to Spanish production areas will follow.


No date has yet been set for these visits, but García-Legaz said he is optimistic about having “good news” in coming weeks about the scheduling of the visits and anticipates they will take place as early as possible in 2015.


In 2013, China imported table grapes worth US $514 million. Spain already has a citrus protocol with China – signed in 2005 after six years of negotiation – and believes its early stone fruit season will give it an edge there.


Learn more about the Chinese market in our recent report How fruit fared in China in 2013”