According to data from the Chinese customs office in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, the lychee production areas in Maoming and Zhangjiang exported more than 1,850 tons this year, which is 60% more than last year.
Maoming and Zhanjiang are well known for their lychee. The overall surface area devoted to lychee plantation is around 111,333 hectares. Maoming is the world's largest lychee production area with a total surface area of 90,000 hectares devoted to lychee plantation. That is one fifth of the overall surface area devoted to lychee plantation in China. The main varieties cultivated in Maoming include Bai Tang Ying [White Sugar Jar], Feizi Xiao [Concubine's Smile], Baila [White Wax], Hei Ye [Black Leaf], Gui Wei [Flavor of Guizhou], and Nuo Mi Ci [Sticky Rice Cake].
Up until now, Maoming and Zhanjiang were exporting 1,856.8 tons of lychee with a total value of 35,851 thousand yuan [5,104,289 USD]. The export volume increased by 64.8% in comparison with the same period last year, while the export value grew by 45.9%. Maoming and Zhanjiang mainly export lychee to the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand. Maoming also expanded the lychee market in Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, and the United Arab Emirates. Maoming also added three new lychee varieties to their export assortment: Gui Wei [Flavor of Guizhou], Gui Nuo Xiang [Fragrance of Guizhou Sticky Rice], and Nuo Mi Ci [Sticky Rice Cake]. These are all late-season lychee varieties.