After Turkey recently got approval to export cherries to China, following years of successful negotiations, the two countries have now decided to streamline Turkish pistachio exports to the country, says Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan.
Pekcan announced that the long-standing technical obstacles to pistachio exports to China have been overcome and an export permit has been issued.
This all comes after president Erdoğan's official visit to China earlier this month. Pekcan, who was also in China earlier this month to open the Turkish National Day at Expo 2019 Beijing, announced that Turkey has so far exported 25 tons of cherries to China. She hoped that necessary permits to export other vegetables, fruits, marine and dairy products would be given as well.
"'The Protocol on Phytosanitary Requirements for Pistachios Exported from Turkey to China,' was signed between Turkey's Agriculture and Forestry Ministry and the General Administration of Quality Control, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China on Sept. 3, 2016," the minister told Anadolu Agency (AA).
"Due to the failure to meet certain technical requirements of the protocol in question, our pistachio exports to China could not officially start. The Trade Ministry is discussing the issue with the Chinese authorities," she added.