China suspends imports of cherries from Turkey at the end of the supply season


China suspends imports of cherries from Turkey at the end of the supply season

08/04/2020

Chinese customs have issued an official statement that it will suspend imports of cherries from Turkey from 25 July

China recently suspended imports of cherries from Turkey due to the detection of pests in shipments of products supplied, EastFruit reports, citing ProduceReport.

Due to violations of the quarantine requirements for the import of cherries, the Chinese customs issued an official statement that it will suspend the import of cherries from Turkey from July 25, and those consignments that were at that time in the process of delivery will have to go through special processing procedures.

In the past, Turkey has mainly focused on the supply of cherries to European sales markets, but the situation changed in June 2019, when China simplified the requirements for processing cherries as much as possible for the supply of Turkish products. As a result, in 2019, Turkey exported 884 tons of cherries to the Chinese market with a total value of $ 4.2 million.

Read also: Turkey breaks record for sweet cherry exports thanks to increased supplies to the EU

Moreover, EastFruit has already reported that Turkey has managed to significantly increase the supply of cherries to China this year as well. However, the end of the supply season was not as rosy for Turkish exporters as previously expected. In addition to the recent quarantine problems, cherry suppliers from Turkey are facing tough competition in the Chinese market.

Thus, in late June – early July, prices for Turkish cherries in China reached $ 8.60-14.40 / kg. By mid-July, they fell to $ 2.80-5.80 / kg, although at the same time there was a sweet cherry from the United States on the market, offered at prices four times higher than the Turkish one. According to the data of the Chinese market participants, sweet cherries from the USA or Canada were more attractive to buyers in terms of their taste and keeping quality than Turkish products, which explained the significant difference in prices. In addition, the quality of cherries in Turkey has been seriously affected by the rains this season.

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