A Chinese inspection team has given the green light for imports of Philippine durian starting this year.
Ambassador Huang Xilian said in a Facebook post yesterday: “Fresh durian from the Philippines will soon be available in the Chinese market. It is expected that fresh durian from Davao will be permitted for import into China as soon as this year.”
The inspectors went to Davao region for a market access investigation, conducting a risk assessment after inspecting orchards, packaging plants, pest monitoring operations, chemical controls, coronavirus disease 2019 prevention methods and determining the fruit’s traceability.
China imported 822,000 tons of durian worth $4.21 billion in 2021, up 82.4%. In the first half of 2022, China’s durian imports increased by a further 60%, making it the Chinese market’s most imported fruit.