The head of Sagarpa in Michoacan, Pedro Benitez Velez, said that in order to export their products, and prior to the signing of the export agreement, Chinese inspectors had to visit the orchards and facilities of the fruit that would be sent to the eastern country.
According to him, the Chinese officials were interested in all aspects of the production of raspberry, especially on the application of pesticides and the measures taken so the residue limits didn’t exceed the quantities allowed.
He added that exports would start once the agreement was signed by Secretary Enrique Martínez y Martínez and general manager of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China.
He also stated that they didn’t have an estimate on the volume they were going to send to China in the first season, as blackberry is not a widespread product in that country.
It’s worth noting that Mexico currently exports 80% of its berries to the US, 10% to Europe, 5 percent to some countries in Asia, and the rest to the domestic market and other international destinations such as the UAE.
Source: La Voz de Michoacan