Ecuador ships first ever mangoes to China
Ecuador gained access to the Chinese market in January, following 13 years of negotiations.
Fundación Mango president Sergio Cedeño told www.freshfruitportal.com other consignments in the future would also be shipped to Beijing.
"The first shipment consisted of four pallets of 96 boxes equivalent to 6 kilos each, for a total of 2,304 kilos," he said in a written statement.
"We're going to continue over the coming weeks with 3,000 boxes shipped every week."
Currently only Tommy Atkins are being exported to China, but Cedeño said in a couple of weeks the Keitt variety would also be added to the mix, followed by Kent from November.
The fruit was grown by Pivano S.A. and packed and shipped by Duraexporta. Other packers who have been certified to ship to China include Bresson and Agriproduc.
Cedeño said he had 'high expectations' for the market and expected export volumes would rise on an annual basis, although he noted a major challenge was the seafreight transit time of 32 days.
ProEcuador has provided Fundación Mango with a list of Chinese companies who are interested in importing the fruit.