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Thailand: Fruit exports up nearly 50 percent in first seven months of 2021

Between January and July, Thailand's fruit exports increased by 48.3 percent year-on-year, generating 131 billion baht (about US$4 billion), Ministry of Commerce spokespeople said yesterday.

Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit stated that the ministry is targeting to obtain at least 180 billion baht (about US$5.5 billion) in revenue from fresh and processed fruit exports this year. "In China alone, Thai Fruit Golden Month activities which were held in eight Chinese cities had generated up to 15 billion baht (about US$460 million) over the first seven months of this year," he said.

The minister added that the Ministry is planning to run the same promotion in five other Chinese cities later this year. Proactive planning and management strategy will be employed to avoid further Covid-19-induced disruptions such as shipping delays and contamination.

Additionally, the Ministry of Commerce disclosed that fruit selling via foreign online trading platforms have so far been successful and will encourage Thai sellers to utilize these effective channels. reports on China, Malaysia, Singapore being the top importers of Thai fruits, especially fresh durian, mangosteen, longan and mango.

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