This Tuesday, the central Chinese province of Hunan has started importing fruit from abroad directly. All previous imports arrived via other Chinese ports. The first batch of such fruit, which was 600 kg of durian and pineapple from Thailand, arrived at the airport of the provincial capital Changsha on Tuesday morning, Changsha Customs officials told Xinhua.
Despite rising market demand, imported fruit used to enter Hunan via other Chinese ports like Shanghai and Guangzhou. This led to pushed up prices and reduced quality due to the long journey.
Customs officials said the province also planned to expand direct imports to cover more fruit categories from Australia, Thailand and Malaysia.