China’s growth as an apple exporter has been dramatic. The FAS report stated China’s exports of fresh apples increased 128% from 281,851 metric tons in 2000-01 to 360,052 metric tons in 2001-02. China’s apple exports in 2002-03 should grow further still, reflecting advances in the country’s apple production and storage facilities.
Pear exports from China grew to 193,903 metric tons in 2001-02, an increase of 116% from 2000-01.
Southeast Asia and Russia count as the largest markets for China’s apples and pears. According to an industry source quoted in the FAS report, China’s apple prices are about 41% below the world market price, while the price of ya variety pears is about 79% lower than the world market price.
More export growth is likely with new markets.
The FAS reported that China is seeking to resolve phytosanitary issues and eventually establish two-way fruit trade with the Southern Hemisphere countries and the U.S.