Chinese industries suffered from the outbreak of Covid-19, but in various degrees. Export businesses were particularly vulnerable to the consequences of the pandemic. However, data from the customs office in Jining shows that in the period from January until May the export volume of garlic and processed garlic products from Jinxiang expanded by 95% in comparison with the same period last year.
"We initially feared that garlic export would take a serious hit when Covid-19 began to spread across the globe, but our export volume did not shrink. On the contrary, we exported more garlic than last year," said Chu Mingkun, director of the foreign trade desk at the bureau of commerce in Jinxiang County. There has been a steady growth in the export volume of Chinese garlic in the first half of previous years, but usually less than 20%. This year is exceptional.
According to Chu Mingkun, the unexpected increase of garlic export is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. "First, the outbreak of Covid-19 was quickly brought under control in China, while other garlic-producing countries still struggled to deal with the pandemic. That gave Chinese garlic exporters a competitive advantage," explained Chu Mingkun.
In addition, many countries still fear a second wave, which means that consumers prefer to prepare in advance and purchase products such as garlic before the stores run out. "Of course, overseas consumers are also aware of the disinfecting properties of garlic and the benefit of garlic for the immune system. That is why there is more consumer demand for garlic in some overseas markets."
Source: Nongcun Dazhong [Rural People's News]