A shipment of 20 tonnes of apples from the city of Yan'an, in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, has been sent to Italy via cold-chain logistics. The apples, produced in Yan'an's Luochuan County, left the city on Monday and will arrive in Italy in a month's time.
The shipment is part of a contract signed between the Italian company B.F. Frutta SRL with two Chinese companies from Shaanxi and the northern province of Hebei, to export a total of 500 tonnes of Luochuan apples to Italy for 10.6 yuan (US$1.58) per kg.
Luochuan apples have already gone global, with exports to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, North America and other regions. So far, these apples, which are a major apple brand in China, have been exported to more than 20 countries and regions, including Russia, Canada and Singapore.
En.ce.cn reports that, with a planting area of about 35,333 hectares, the output of Luochuan apples has come up to 950,000 tonnes this year, 750,000 tonnes of which have been sold.