As early as the start of July, Pakistani commercial officials in Japan and Australia began to post mangoes on Twitter, but mangoes exported to China had not arrived yet at that time. According to Pakistani media, Pakistani mango exports in 2019 hit a record of 115,000 tons, of which 120 tons were exported to Japan, a record high.
Pakistani trader Adnan Hafez, who operated the first consignment of mango export to China this year, was also responsible for the first consignment of Pakistani kinnows exported to China during the pandemic outbreak in February.
Tribune.com.pk quoted Hafez as saying: “There are a few planes this year, and the price of air freight has increased by two to three times. Besides, there are also various uncertainties in customs declaration and clearance between the two countries during the epidemic. Some of my regular clients in China didn’t dare to do it when they heard the freight was so expensive. I need to add the consignment above 1.5 tons to get a special discount. The smaller the consignment, the higher the price.”
Pakistan is the sixth largest mango producer in the world while China is the second largest. The price of imported Pakistani mangoes is 18.6 yuan per catty, which is comparatively affordable in recent years.