15 tonnes of mangosteen were sent from Thailand to Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, via a charter flight. This is the first charter flight for the import of fresh fruits to the province so far this year, due to the impact of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Customs officers boarded the plane for quarantine and ensured a fast customs clearance of the batch of imports worth US$23,300. According to the Lanzhou Customs, another five charter planes with fresh fruits imports will arrive in Lanzhou in the coming days to meet the local consumption demand.
In 2018, Thailand exported a total of about US$226mil of mangosteen, increased by 3.32%. In the first half of 2019, Thailand's exports of mangosteen totalled US$325 million, a year-on-year increase of 220%, mainly exported to China and Asean markets.
Among them, the total value of mangosteen exported to the Chinese market reached approximately US$229 million, or 71% of the total exports of this fruit, an increase of 408%.
According to thestar.com.my, the total value exported to Asean markets was approximately US$84.2mil, or 26% of the total exports of this fruit, a 46% increase over the same period.