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The first batch of large-scale imported African avocados arrived in the Chinese market

In the early morning of August 26, 45 tons of fresh avocados were transported to the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port on the freighter Pirkaya, marking for a smooth arrival of the first batch of large-scale imported African fresh avocados to China. The Waigaoqiao Port Area Customs affiliated with Shanghai Customs immediately opened a "green channel" to ensure the safe and fast customs clearance of fresh avocados that meet the quarantine requirements. This batch of fresh avocados came from Kenya.

Wang Wenbin, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said recently, "The Chinese government will support and facilitate the entry of more high-quality and characteristic African agricultural and food products into the Chinese market, bringing more tangible benefits to the Chinese and African people."

Kenya is Africa's largest exporter country of avocados. In January this year, China and Kenya signed a protocol for the export of Kenyan fresh avocados to China. On June 1, the General Administration of Customs issued an announcement allowing Kenyan fresh avocados that meet the quarantine requirements to be exported to China. On July 27, a small batch of Kenyan fresh avocado samples entered through the Pudong International Airport port and successfully passed the inspection and quarantine of customs.

It is understood that according to the import phytosanitary requirements of China Customs, fresh avocados must be soaked, washed, brushed, and selected before export, and must not have branches, leaves, roots or soil to ensure that exported avocados are free of live pests. Strict quarantine procedures and advanced cold chain technology ensure the quality of Kenyan fresh avocados and help Kenyan fresh avocados usher in better market prospects in China.

Liu Mosu, general manager of the importer Shanghai Niuguo Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd., said that after completing customs clearance, this batch of avocados will be uniformly inspected and processed according to the company's strict standards. It is expected to be available for sale in retail channels in early September.

"At present, we have established cooperation with three large orchards in Kenya, and we plan to import about 200 tons of avocados this year. With this season's experience and cooperation, we have a weekly import plan, starting from 2023, and the annual import volume is expected to exceed 9,000 tons. "


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