Webinar held to promote Pakistani mangoes to China

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BEIJING Feb. 22 (DNA): Exports of food products from Pakistan to China were close to $1 billion in 2022, Gwadar Pro reported on Wednesday.

“In recent years, China has become the largest market for export of food products from Pakistan. 

We look forward to the increased presence of Pakistani mangoes in China,” sad Hussain Haider, Consul General of Pakistan in Shanghai at a webinar on the promotion of Pakistani mango.

The webinar was held by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Shanghai in collaboration with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and chaired by Nawab Ali Rahoojo, Deputy Consul General. 

More than 5 Pakistani mango export enterprises and 5 Chinese mango import enterprises attended the webinar.

On the occasion, Mahmood Nawaz Shah, Senior Vice President of Sindh Abadgar Board and director marketing, said that “Pakistani mangoes are very popular in Middle Eastern countries. We hope that more Chinese customers will love Pakistani mangoes.”

In 2018, Pakistan produced 1.9 million metric tons of mangoes annually, ranking sixth in the world. However, the country’s mango production has declined over the past 5 years, a phenomenon mostly blamed on global warming.

Mahmood told Gwadar Pro that the mango orchards are currently in well bloom, and a good yield of 1.7 million tons from the mango season is expected.

Pakistan exports about 150,000 tons of mangoes a year. However, its export volume lags far behind production.

“China is the world’s second largest economy with a great potential, which should be fully tapped,” added Mahmood.

Pakistan’s export of fresh or dried mangoes (commodity code 08045020) to China was $55,605 in 2022, down from $127,200 in 2021, while in terms of volume it was 23.95 tons in 2022 and 37.42 tons in 2021, according to General Administration of Customs of China (GACC).

Victor Luo, CEO of Sanlian International Company (Pvt) Ltd, who exports Pakistani mangoes for 4 consecutive years, said, “last year’s severe floods reduced mango production and quality, the epidemic limited shipping capacity, and complicated inspection and quarantine procedures led to a decline in mango exports to China.”

Victor explained that over the past few years, the quality of Pakistani mangoes, including taste, appearance and size, has been favored by high-end mango consumers in China.

“Mango sales are not a problem, as the company’s first 2 tons of mangoes that arrived in China last year have been snapped up at the Chinese airport.” he stated.

“This year we will experiment with larger scale units for transportation and enhanced protection of outer packaging.” concluded Victor.