August 10, 2017

China opens market for Turkish cherries

Turkish cherries will be imported to China next year as the fruit has passed the test of Chinese import and export inspectors.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine publicized an updated list of fresh fruits allowed to be imported to China recently. Turkish cherries are on the list.

China currently imports cherries from the United States, Canada, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. However, Turkey is the world’s biggest cherry producer and its harvest season is from mid-June to the end of July. Turkish cherries are very competitive in price compared with the US and Canadian products because of lower labor cost.

China’s quarantine inspectors are working hard to ensure imported fruits are free of pests, diseases, pesticides and other harmful substances, and enrich the market for domestic consumers.