The General Administration of Customs China (GACC) announced on the 25th of April that Uzbekistant obtained permission to export pomegranates to the Chinese market. The pomegranates are required to meet relevant standards as set out in the 'treaty between GACC and the cabinet of Uzbekistan regarding inspection and quarantine regulations for pomegranate export from Uzbekistan to China' as well as other applicable regulations.
Uzbekistan had already obtained permission to export 14 kinds of agricultural produce by the middle of 2020, including fresh cherries, mung beans, fresh melons, peppers, honey, peanuts, raw honey, sesame, raisins, dried apricots, and walnuts. The country also hopes to obtain permission for lemons, grapes, plums, peaches, and persimmon in the next few years.
The peak period of the pomegranate harvest season in Uzbekistan takes place in October. That is similar to the pomegranates in China, which means the Uzbekistan pomegranates enter the Chinese market at the same time as domestic pomegranates. Muslim Khalilov, chief specialist in the bureau of export promotion explained that China is an attractive market because of the large number of Chinese consumers. Unfortunately, Uzbekistan only exports a relatively small volume of agricultural produce to China. At the moment only about 500 companies have permission to export produce from Uzbekistan to China.