China: Shanghai Port fruit imports rose by almost a third in 2017
Statistics from Shanghai Customs and the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (SHCIQ) show the city's port brought in 1,008,800 metric tons (MT) of fresh fruit from abroad last year.
This is the first time the Shanghai Port has imported more than one million MT, while values of the produce shot up 30% year-on-year to reach US$1.3 billion.
The Jiefang Daily reports the city's imports of bananas, oranges, cherries and kiwifruit exceeded US$200 million.
UN Comtrade has not yet released its country data for China in 2017, but in 2016 the country's mainland imported US$5.86 billion worth of fruit with Chile as the leading supplier, followed by Thailand, Vietnam, the United States, the Philippines and New Zealand.