China ease restriction on Thai fruits imports


China will temporarily allow Thailand to export Thai fruits and other fresh ingredients into the country for two weeks starting from January 4.

According to the Thai Office of Agricultural Affairs at Guangzhou, Chinese authorities have reopened the Pingxiang customs office in Guangxi autonomous region and will allow Thai fruit exports into the country from January 4-17 of 2022. The reopening of the port is expected to help alleviate a situation where fresh Thai fruit exports such as durians and longans were being held at Dongxing customs office. This prompted exporters to request assistance from the Thai and Chinese governments.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said he held discussions with the Chinese consulate on ways to ease the situation. Thai fruit exports into China have been affected by prevention measures and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Exporters will be accommodated by Chinese authorities to revise their phytosanitary certificates from their entry at Dongxing customs office to Pingxiang custom office from January 1 to 3. They will then be approved by the customs department, allowing for the export of Thai fruits into China via Pingxiang train station. Chinese authorities will immediately close the border if they find any COVID-19 contamination so exporters must maintain strict prevention measures and ensure the safety of their produce.

According to reports, more than 2 million tons of Thai fruit were exported to China from January to October last year valued at 148 billion baht.



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