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China: "Increased tangerine imports from Australia because of Sino-US trade war"

"The Sino-US trade war certainly has an impact on our services. For many tangerine exporters in the USA the cost price of trade and therefore the export price of their products has increased as a result of higher custom tariffs. Many exporters from the USA stopped supplying the Chinese market. Since the new policies were implemented last month, we have reduced the volume of our purchases in the USA and we have expanded our import volume from Australia." This is according to manager Yang from Jiangsu Jieji Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

"The tangerines we import from Australia are supplied by a company called 2PH. The Australian 2PH tangerines are well-known in the Chinese market. The company name stands for high product quality. The Chinese market demand for imported fruit has gone up in recent years at the same time as the Chinese consumption level has increased. The Chinese market share of 2PH is quite large. The company has dealers in every major city in China. We are one of the dealers for 2PH. The products we import arrive in Chinese ports by sea. We mainly sell our products in Changzhou City, Jiangsu. We have sold more than 100 containers last year in Changzhou alone. We deliver around 1.5 container per week on average. Last year the entire import volume was only around 5-6 containers. The import price of Australian tangerines is relatively stable in comparison with previous years. There have not been any major price fluctuations."

The retail season of Australian tangerines begins around June 15th and lasts until around September 15th. "In this period the domestic tangerines have not yet entered the market. Australian tangerines enter the Chinese market in the off-season, which gives them an advantage. Chinese consumers also benefit. They are able to enjoy fresh tangerines in the summer before domestic tangerines become available. This is also a competitive advantage for us," said manager Yang. "Thanks to the superior natural environment, the 2PH tangerines are juicy and have a thin fruit peel. The 2PH tangerine is also much sweeter than tangerines from most other countries. We mainly sell the tangerines without packaging for around 24.5 yuan [3.47 USD] per 0.5 kg. The import price and the market price are both on the same level as last year. Even though the Australian tangerine is considered a high-end market product in China, in comparison with the tangerines from the USA, whose price is pushed up by additional custom tariffs, the Australian tangerine offers good value and Chinese market demand is visibly growing."

Jiangsu Jieji Agricultural Science and Technology is a company that specializes in large-volume supply of chain supermarkets, wholesale dealers, and e-commerce platforms. The company works closely with more than 100 fruit production areas in China and abroad. "Our company has many retail channels. We sell our products online and offline. We hope to become the most client-oriented fruit specialist and provide more customers with a wide variety of fresh fruit from all over the world."

Jieji Agricultural Science and Technology will attend Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong on September 3-6. They will be in Hall 3 at booth F30. In response to the news that the exposition may be delayed, manager Yang expressed hope that the exposition would be delayed until December. "We do not only hope to get to know more visitors at the exposition, more important for us is the opportunity to showcase our products to the people of Hong Kong. We think that traders and journalists will benefit more from the exposition if the opening is delayed until the situation in Hong Kong improves."

For more information:

Yang Yapeng - Manager

Jiangsu Jieji Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

Tel.: +864009909985 

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