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Thailand exports fruit to China on behalf of neighboring countries

Thailand has turned into a springboard for neighboring countries who wish to export fruit to China. Consumer demand for Southeast Asian fruit, especially tropical fruit from Thailand, continues to grow in China. Neighboring countries such as Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam all produce large volumes of the fruits that are so popular in the Chinese market. The Agricultural Food Safety and Quarantine Inspection Bureau in Thailand recently confiscated a shipment of pomelo that was imported to Thailand from a neighboring country and then exported with Thai authentication.

Relevant authorities in Thailand have taken action to investigate neighboring countries who sell their fruit as 'Thai fruit' in third markets. This shipment of pomelo is a perfect example. Although the fruit was claimed to have been produced in Thailand, inspection revealed that the pomelo were imported.

The pomelo were confiscated at the border in Chiang Rai, and they were most likely destined for the Chinese market. Inspection revealed that the pomelo were not produced in Thailand and were therefore refused authentication. Relevant authorities started an investigation into the buyer and packaging company who prepared the pomelo for export. Another recent incident involved an exporter who applied for relevant permits in an attempt to export imported fruit to a third market. The application was investigated and ultimately denied. Only fruit that is grown in Thailand is eligible for proper authentication.

Agricultural regulations in Thailand require imported fruit to pass a series of strict inspections, and only if there is no presence of harmful substances or organisms is the fruit allowed into the country. Chinese market demand for Thai fruit is high because Thai fruit meets high standards. In addition to pomelo, Chinese consumers also enjoy durian, mangosteen, longan, mango, dragon fruit, and bananas.

Many Southeast Asian countries have rapidly expanded their fruit production volumes in recent years, in particular such popular fruits as durian, mangosteen, pomelo, and mango. These are not unique to Thailand. Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam also produce huge volumes. That is why Thailand is slowly turning into a transit station for Southeast Asian countries who have not yet obtained permission to export their fruit to the Chinese market.

Source:, China Daily News, New Media

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