According to data from 51garlic.com, China exported 1.67 million tons of fresh or cold storage garlic in 2019. That is a decline of 6.8% in comparison with 2018, when the overall export volume reached 1.79 million tons. The overall value of Chinese garlic export reached 1.83 billion USD in 2019, which is an increase of 43.4% in comparison with 2018, when the overall value was 1.27 billion USD.
After the 15th of February, most garlic export companies resumed operations. Laborers work regular hours. And the volume of garlic orders is increasing. At the moment, Chinese garlic export is mainly aimed at the Middle East, Africa, and South America. The first orders from Indonesia are also trickling in. Although the volume of orders is quite big, most orders are quite small and mainly aimed at regular garlic. The demand for small garlic is the largest. For example, garlic with a diameter of 4-5 cm sells well. The demand for large garlic is regular.
Overseas traders make low offers for garlic because the domestic price of garlic rapidly declined. Companies that process garlic for the export market are selective in their purchases. Supply is still relatively easy to find, but the peak season will soon begin and then the conditions may change.