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Week 33 import market review

China: First batches of Uruguayan tangerines on sale

This week, Southern Hemisphere tangerines are still in the spotlight. Although autumn has already started, the weather in China is still hot and tangerines sales, especially of tangerines from South Africa, are going smoothly. In addition, this week, Uruguayan tangerines and Peruvian blueberries joined the Chinese import market. The first batch of Peruvian blueberries was imported by sea, so Chinese consumers could have a wider choice.

At the end of July, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China and Uruguay signed a document called the "Protocol on the Quarantine Requirements for Uruguayan Tangerines". After that Uruguayan tangerines entered Shanghai market for the first time. The batch consisted of Clemenvilla tangerines neatly packed in 10 kg boxes produced by Citricola Saltena S.A. The Clemenvilla variety has a red-orange colored skin. Customers say these tangerines are of high quality: the skin is a bit too thick, but the taste is fine. Sellers offer them for around 140-150 yuan per box, but since imported tangerines sales are not going well in general, Uruguayan tangerines sales are also pretty slow. 

Besides Uruguayan blueberries, the import market was also enriched with Peruvian blueberries this week. The first batch came to Shanghai by sea, consisting of 12 boxes 1.5 kg each. 

The supply of Peruvian blueberries is not stable yet, as is usually the case with early supplies. The prices vary widely from 170 to 200 yuan, because of the quality differences of different suppliers. In general, the blueberries are still pretty sour in the beginning of the season. Since shipping might take longer, some of the batches are already too soft when they reach China. Imported berries have just started to arrive and China's blueberry season is almost over, so the market has a lack of supply at this moment. Prices remain stable, but the supply speed is definitely not fast enough.

Another new product arrived from Spain this week. Last week, Spanish plums came to China for the first time and now the import market has received a new variety of Spanish plums called Purple Rose. Purple Rose plums not only look good, but are also juicy. On the scale of freshness they hit 10 points out of 10. For that reason sellers have started to raise the prices. For the moment, 60-65mm plums cost about 180 yuan. The fact that this is a new variety of plum on the market, and also because of it's beautiful appearance, it has attracted sellers' growing interest. 

Author: Yang Shuang

Publication date: 8/25/2017


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