The China International Import Expo concluded in Shanghai last Tuesday. More than 35 Pakistani companies in total showcased products such as textiles, leather, sporting goods, surgical equipment, and fruit and furniture, although many Pakistani companies could not make it to this year's event because of the second wave of the coronavirus.
At last year's CIIE, Pakistani companies signed contracts to export rice, textiles, garments, leather products, carpets, handicrafts, wooden furniture, sports goods and herbal products. They did even better this year.
Thanks to deals made at the CIIE, the first batch of Pakistani cherries is scheduled to leave for China next year, said Li Wei, business representative of Huazhilong International Trading Private Ltd, Pakistan.
The export of Pakistani cherries had been hindered by a lack of cold-chain management, market knowledge, packaging, and processing facilities.
To explore the great potential for Pakistani agricultural products, China can provide technical assistance for the management of orchards, while Pakistan can provide staff so that both sides can achieve win-win cooperation.
Global.chinadaily.com.cn reports that another potential export is Pakistani mangos. Their sugar content reaches about 23 percent when they ripen from August to November, two months longer than is the case with China's mangoes.