This summer, Singapore connoisseurs could savor crisp plums harvested deep in the mountains of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality for the first time. The crisp plum is one of three major fruits grown in Wushan County. In 2022, the total planting area of the crisp plum in Wushan reached about 20,000 hectares, yet the fruit was unable to go global for a long period of time.
A turning point came this year. Just prior to its harvest season, a team was established with the support of local authorities and various departments under the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity to facilitate the export of crisp plums.
Launched in 2015, the initiative is an inter-governmental cooperation project between China and Singapore and mainly targets financial services, air transportation, logistics, and information communication. Simplified clearance procedures, a customized courier service and strict quality control under the initiative have combined to substantially jack up the export prospects of this dainty fruit.
In late July, the first batch of 300 kg of Wushan crisp plums finally took a direct flight from Chongqing to Singapore.