For China the peak period of the agricultural mesh bag export season falls between August and October. However, this year the export volume is much smaller than in previous years because of the high shipping cost, the appreciation of the Chinese yuan, and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shandong Fullway Import & Export Co., Ltd. is a company specialized in the manufacturing of agricultural mesh bags. Company spokesperson Annie introduced the current conditions in the export market and talked about the company response to customized requests and innovations in the agricultural mesh bag industry.
"The price of shipping has been on the rise since October last year. Shipping one standard container from Qingdao to Rotterdam now costs around 15,000 USD. Some overseas buyers are hesitant now that the shipping price is this high. However, China managed to control the domestic spread of Covid-19 quite well and supplies are abundant, which attracts a lot of attention from processing factory owners in South America and Africa who used to buy agricultural mesh bags from suppliers in South Asia and Southeast Asia. The additional interest stimulates Chinese export. In recent weeks we shipped an average of two shipping containers per week."
"Our product range includes tubular mesh bags and single-weave mesh bags (2kg-75kg). Our mesh bags are suitable for packaging potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, and other agricultural products," said Annie. "Mesh bags can be distinguished on the basis of their pattern. There are three main patterns: knitted, plain weave, and circular weave. Clients in Russia and the Ukraine prefer knitted mesh bags made of PE. Clients in South America prefer circular weave mesh bags made of PP. In the Netherlands and Germany our clients traditionally prefer plain weave mesh bags made of PP. Clients also have diverse requirements for labels, colors, sizes, and weights. We can custom-make mesh bags to satisfy the clients' diverse requirements."
Automated packaging of agricultural products is gradually becoming the norm. A growing number of packaging factories and farms invests in automated weighing and packaging equipment. These changes in packaging also carry consequences for suppliers of agricultural mesh bags who need to meet higher standards.
When asked about the advantages of Shandong Fullway, Annie explained: "First, one of the main problems in the industry is the technology required to punch holes. To satisfy the requirements of our customers, we purchased the appropriate equipment and added a dedicated production line to our manufacturing facility. After several improvements, we have now perfected the hole punching technology in our factory. We can meet any demand from our clients. Second, there is a common trend in the industry to recycle used mesh bags. Although these bags are cheaper, they are also less flexible than new bags. They may also carry over some of the smell of previous products. And the product quality can not be guaranteed. Mesh bags made from raw material are more flexible, smoother, and the color is brighter. There is no leftover impact from previous usage."
"In addition to product characteristics, one of our main advantages in this grim market is a quick delivery. Although the impact of Covid-19 and shipping delays affect our regular operations, we still work hard to deliver our products within 20 days."
Shandong Fullway exports agricultural mesh bags to more than 50 countries. "We have been through a long period of development, but we are now a well-known name in the agricultural mesh bag market with a high rate of repeat customers. As our business is growing, we also hope to connect with even more vegetable packaging factories and farms. We are more than happy to send samples of our products to potential new clients," said Annie.
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