Will Cambodian mangoes receive permission for direct export to China?

Cambodian bananas recently received permission for direct export to the Chinese market. There are some rumors in the industry that the next fruit that will be allowed access to the Chinese market is the Cambodian mango. Chinese and Cambodian mango traders are eagerly waiting for more concrete news. Both governments are currently investigating matters of quarantine. There is some hope that the process will achieve results before March next year. However, neither government has announced a specific date on which the Chinese market will open for Cambodian mangoes.

One mango trader divulged that, "the conditions for mangoes in Shanghai Huizhan Wholesale Market have been stable in the past few days. Mangoes from the southern hemisphere have already entered the market. The current price of Australian Sun mangoes is around 370-380 yuan [52.57-53.99 USD] per box (of 4 kg). The price of Peruvian mangoes is around 270 yuan [38.36 USD] per box (of 4 kg). The wholesale price of Cambodian mangoes is around 7 yuan [0.99 USD] per 0.5 kg. Of course, mangoes from different countries have different market status. For example, Australian and Peruvian mangoes are sold in the high-end market in China, while the mangoes that enter China through Pingxiang market in Guangxi are considered common mangoes. The latter have a great price-quality ratio, which makes them popular with Chinese consumers."

Cambodia has two mango harvests per year. The main sales period begins in October and continues until May in the subsequent year. Mango supply to the Chinese market lasts all year. The first domestic mangoes to enter the market come from Hainan around Chinese New Year [25 January, 2020]. Mangoes from Guangxi and Sichuan follow. Their supply lasts until October. Vietnamese mangoes begin to enter the Chinese market in large volumes in autumn. The import volume of top-quality mangoes from Australia and South America also grows every year.

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