China: Good prospects for vegetable exports through Manzhouli port
The export volume of vegetables at Manzhouli port in 2017 reached a total of 226 thousand tons. This is an increase of 68.3% compared to the previous year. The export value in 2017 was 1.05 billion yuan [166 million USD], which is an increase of 45.1% compared to the previous year. The export volume stopped dropping and began to increase.
In 2017 the entire export volume of vegetables from Manzhouli port went to Russia. There were more than 40 different varieties of vegetables, including tomatoes, hot peppers, onions, potatoes, and carrots, mainly from private enterprises. They account for a total export volume of 225 thousand tons of vegetables. This accounts for 99.6% of all vegetable export through this port. More than 70% is traded across the border by small enterprises. Inner Mongolian enterprises lead the way in the export market with a total export volume of 163 thousand tons. This is an increase of 70.1% compared to the previous year. It accounts for 72.1% of the port's total vegetable export volume. Hubei enterprises take second place. They exported 30 thousand tons, which is an enormous increase of 3.2 times the export volume of the previous year.
China has been going through a fast-paced development in technology for the selection and cultivation of new vegetable varieties, cultivation facilities, and environment-friendly production. The production volume of vegetables has greatly increased. There is a rich diversity in product varieties. The quality continues to improve. The cost price is falling. And market competition grows stronger. The far east of Russia is cold with short frost-free periods and a permanent labor shortage. The traditional, local cuisine relies on tomatoes, potatoes, and wild cabbages. Therefore, the demand for these vegetables from China grows stronger every day.
Manzhouli customs took advantage of the popularity of "One Belt, One Road" to strengthen their cooperation with the port's inspection offices. Together they reformed the flow through customs and improved efficiency. They created a convenient passage for the export of high-quality, reasonably-priced vegetables. Their reforms have helped the export of vegetables through Manzhouli port to reach a new level.
Publication date: 2/28/2018
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