This year, Turkish cherry growers have experienced the huge benefits of the newly opened Chinese market after restrictions on cherry exports had been eased up.
Hayrettin Ucak, chairman of the Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association, told Xinhua that Turkish growers have already fulfilled their yearly export target of 80,000 tons, thanks to the opening up of the Chinese market and favorable seasonal conditions in most parts of Turkey, generating record 183 million U.S. dollars in revenues.
Exports started in July after a protocol signed by the two countries to lift a previous condition stipulating that cherries must be stored in low temperature for 16 days before they could be exported to China, removing one of the biggest obstacles of Turkish cherry exports to China.
"We are very sensitive to the requests from our partners in China and try to do our best to satisfy their needs," Ucak pointed out, indicating that strict quality controls in Turkey and good interaction between Turkey and China have made the cherry trade a record high within only a few months.
The U.S.-China trade tension has reduced China's cherry imports from the United States, but increased imports from Turkey.