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China's cherry imports increase 13% on last year

The Chinese import of cherries has increased hugely as a result of a worldwide increase in cherry production volumes and an increase of living standards in China. The season in which cherries from the southern hemisphere mature fortunately coincides with the Chinese Spring Festival. In recent years the imported cherries from Chile, New Zealand, and Australia have become fine-quality products that many Chinese give as seasonal gifts or enjoy for themselves.

Imported cherries undergo inspection

Shanghai is one of China's most important ports for the import of cherries. The cherries allowed to access China mainly come from the United States, Chile, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. Statistical reports from the Shanghai Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine show that Shanghai port imported nearly 30 thousand tons of cherries.

Although each individual country has reduced cherry production, the overall import volume of China still increased with 13.1% compared to the previous year. Between November and December 2017, Shanghai imported 3,000 tons of air freighted cherries, which is an increase of 20% compared to the same period in the previous year and set a historical record.


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