Korean grapes will enjoy lower import tariffs
The import tariff on Korean grapes was 5.2% in 2020 and will be adjusted to 3.9% in 2021. Data from customs shows that China imported 224,000 kg of Korean grapes in 2019. The import volume of Korean grapes already reached 250,000 kg in the first 11 months of 2020. There are three main grape varieties among the imported grapes: Shine Muscat, Kyoho, and Campbell Early. The Shine Muscat accounts for more than 90% of the import volume of Korean grapes. Korea first began to export this grape variety to China in September 2017.
Import tariff on Australian oranges will drop
Trade relations between China and Australia have been somewhat tense this past year. Australia is worried that China will raise their import tariffs on Australian fruit. However, the latest news suggests that China will continue to lower import tariffs in the coming years. Import tariffs on citrus fruits was between 3.7%-10% in 2020, but will drop to 2.4%-6.7% in 2021. Other Australian import fruits even enjoy zero tariffs.
Australia enjoys a zero tariff on fruit export to China with the exception of fresh citrus fruits. This policy was implemented on January 1st, 2019. Furthermore, the import tariff on fresh oranges dropped from 4.9% to only 3.7% on January 1st, 2020. The import tariff on fresh oranges is expected to drop even further to 2.4% in 2021 and 1.2% in 2022. And according to plans, fresh Australian oranges will enjoy a zero tariff like other Australian fruits in 2023.
Costa Rican pineapples
Import tariff on Costa Rican pineapples drops to 3.2%
Costa Rica is responsible for almost 50% of the global pineapple supply. And Chinese import of Costa Rican pineapples is the third largest behind the USA and the Netherlands. Chinese market demand for pineapples grows by more than 40% per year. China mainly imports pineapples from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
China started importing pineapples from Costa Rica in June 2017. Costa Rica is famous for the top-quality MD2 golden pineapple. This pineapple variety is well known in Europe and North America, but not that common in the Chinese market. The sugar content of MD2 pineapples is stable at 14%. The flavor is sweet but not too sharp. The fruit flesh is golden and tender. According to customs data, China imported 1.79 million kg of Costa Rican pineapples in 2018, and 730,000 kg in 2019.