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Chinese imports of Egyptian oranges increase dramatically

"Because of their unique characteristics, the supply of imported oranges from South Africa and Egypt on the Chinese market has not met the demand for the past few years. The Chinese demand for imported oranges has been steadily increasing, and the demand from the middle and western areas is the biggest. Simultaneously, the price increase in the production areas has raised the price on the Chinese market as well, but because the market supply is so big, the price can only increase so much. That is why the demand for high quality products is now even bigger. This year, we have seen that the supply of Egyptian produce has increased by at least 20% compared to last year, but the costs are also higher. We estimate that this year's price for Egyptian oranges will be similar to last year's," states Mr. Jay Han, chairman of Hangzhou 61harvest Import and Export Co., Ltd./Hangzhou 61harvest Cross-Border E-Commerce Co., Ltd.

Naturally grown oranges

Loading packaged oranges

"Our company was founded in 2015, and we have offices in Hangzhou, China and Melbourne, Australia. We handle the import of fresh produce and cross-border e-commerce, and we mainly work with fruit. Currently, we mostly import oranges from South Africa, Egypt, Australia and America, such as navel oranges, summer oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. We also import some seasonal fruits, like cherries, red grapes, blueberries and avocados. We mainly work with the ports of Shanghai and Guangzhou."

Freshly harvested tangerines

"The fruit quality determines the price. In order to have strict controls on our prices, we keep in close contact with farmers, processing facilities and exporters, and focus on the production environment and industry. For both exporters and farmers, we arrange visits for control experts to the production areas to check the product quality. We currently mostly sell our imported fruit through traditional sales channels to distributors in first and second tier cities in China. We also sell to supermarkets and online customers. In the future, we hope to have the opportunity to partner up with even more purchasers in first and second tier cities, so that we can bring our excellent fruit to more consumers."

Jay Han (chairman)
Hangzhou 61harvest Import and Export Co., Ltd./Hangzhou 61harvest Cross-Border E-Commerce Co., Ltd.
Phone: +86 138 5811 9641 /+61 405 590 903

Publication date: 9/22/2017


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