It is currently the durian season in Thailand. Chanthaburi, a producer in eastern Thailand, set the record of receiving orders for 20 tons (approximately 10,000) of fresh durians from Chinese buyers in one day. The product will be transported to the Port of Shenzhen by chartered flights and distributed to all parts of China within 1 to 2 days. Industry insiders said ripe durians taste the best when consumed within 3 days after being harvested.
Alongkorn, consultant to the Minister of Agriculture of Thailand, said Thai fruit export companies have increased their quality control this year, following stricter regulations on quality and packaging standards while expanding online sales and launching traceability systems for durian futures trading and quality, in order to create a better reputation for the country’s durian export.
The latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture show that from January to March this year, Thai durian exports to China reached 186 million U.S. dollars, an increase of 14% compared with the 163 million U.S. dollars in the same period last year. According to feedback from a durian exporter in Chanthaburi, 400 to 700 containers of fresh durian are currently being exported each day, compared with 200 to 400 containers in the same period last year. The export price this year is 70 to 95 baht per kilogram, which also increased compared to last year.
In addition, through the negotiation between the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand and the relevant Chinese departments, starting from April 29, China will add Dongxing Port, another port for Thai fruit imports, to the previous three ports of Mohan, Youyiguan, and Pingxiang, improving the efficiency of export and reducing the fruit loss during transportation.
According to the forecast of the Ministry of Agriculture of Thailand, this year will be a golden year for the country’s fresh durian exports to China. Both the export volume and the export value will reach new highs.
Source: CCTV News