China's economic recovery from the Covid pandemic has benefited the production and export of cherries in Argentina. According to the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Cherry Producers, this has seen a 33 percent increase in shipments to the Asian country.
Among the factors that have prompted the South American country to record a rebound in its foreign sales are the opening of the Chinese market, Argentina's off-season harvest and the recognition by Chinese health authorities of the Argentine cherry producing region as pest free area for fruit flies, said CAPCI's Executive Manager Anibal Caminiti on Thursday in an interview with Xinhua.
"The opening of the Chinese market has been very important for Argentine cherries," Caminiti said, adding that shipments to China in the latest season have amounted to 2,742 tons as of Sunday.
The first shipment of cherries from Argentina to China was delivered by sea in January 2019, followed by a second batch transported by air in the same month.
Currently, 15 Argentine companies are shipping fruit to China produced in the Patagonia region, the southern areas of Neuquen, Rio Negro, Chubut and Santa Cruz, and the western province of Mendoza.
Regarding the handling of shipments amid the pandemic, Caminiti said, "there is a guarantee validated by Chinese authorities of the procedure for our cherries to properly reach the market."
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