During the first two months of 2020 Chinese fruit imports amounted to 1.02 million tons worth 2.17 billion dollars, i.e. 11% less in volume and an 8% increase in value when compared to the same period last year, according to information published by China's Chamber of Commerce regarding the import and export of food products, native products, and animal by-products.
China's fruit exports during these first two months of the year totaled 0.53 million tons and 760 million dollars, i.e. 1% and 8% more than in the same period of the previous year, respectively.
During January and February fruit imports were led by fresh cherries ($ 1.17 billion, +32% year-on-year), bananas ($ 150 million, -14% year-on-year), fresh longans ($ 128 million, -19% year-on-year), fresh grapes ($ 97 million, -27% year-on-year), fresh dragon fruit ($ 94 million, +66% year-on-year), blueberries and fresh blueberries ($ 81 million, +21% year-on-year), fresh durians ($ 66 million, -10% year-on-year), peaches and nectarines ($ 58 million, +30% year-on-year), and other fruits ($ 48 million, +63% year-on-year). These nine categories account for 87% of the total import value.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce indicated that the top 10 suppliers of fresh fruits during January and February 2020 (in descending order of value) were Chile, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Peru, Ecuador, Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Italy.
During January and February 2020 fruit exports were led by citrus (US $ 257 million, +2% year-on-year), fresh apples ($ 198 million, +25% year-on-year), fresh pears ($ 116 million, +79% year-on-year), fresh grapes ($ 45 million, -18% year-on-year), oranges ($ 21 million, -29% year-on-year), lemons and limes ($ 18 million, -13% year-on-year), other fruits ($ 16 million, -7% year-on-year), and grapefruit ($ 12 million, -53% year-on-year). These eight categories account for nearly 90% of the total value of China's fruit exports.
The top ten markets for China by export value were Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Russia, and Kazakhstan.