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Asia’s total fresh fruit imports fell slightly in 2021, but southern hemisphere suppliers increased shipments to the region.

This is just one of the key fresh fruit trade trends in Asia highlighted in the Asiafruit Congress 2022 Statistics Handbook.

published by Asiafruit magazine, the annual fresh produce trade statistical guide in Asia was launched at the Asia Fruit Logistica and Asiafruit Congress from November 2 to 4, 2022 in Bangkok. Click here to access a free digital copy.

Asia imported 15.9 million tonnes of fresh fruit from all origins in 2021, marking a 3.3% drop from the previous year, according to analysis from the Asiafruit Congress 2022 Statistics Handbook.

Intra-Asian trade, which largely consists of exports of temperate fruits from China to Southeast Asian markets, and tropical fruits from Southeast Asia to South Asia North, amounted to 11.1 million tons. This was down 5.8% from the previous year and accounted for more than 70% of Asia’s total fruit imports.

Growth for global suppliers

Major Southern Hemisphere suppliers saw growth in shipments to Asia in 2021. Imports from South America were up 17% year-on-year to 1.04 million tonnes, driven by Chilean cherries and Peruvian grapes. South African exports to Asia rose 18% to 758,000 tonnes, while Asia’s combined imports from Australia and New Zealand rose 3% to 1 million tonnes.

Imports from the Middle East and North Africa region recorded strong growth, increasing by 32% to 460,000 tonnes. Iran, Turkey and Egypt were the main suppliers.

Markets in motion

India’s fresh fruit imports doubled to over 700,000 tonnes in 2021, driven by increased shipments of apples from Iran and Turkey as well as citrus fruits from Egypt.

Bananas are the largest fruit category traded by volume in Asia, with China being the largest importer. While the Philippines remains the main supplier, it has struggled to meet demand in 2021. China has increased imports from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Ecuador to supplement Philippine supplies.

Chinese imports of tropical fruits have increased sharply in 2021, with imports of durians and longans from Thailand increasing by 40% and 35% respectively.

China is Asia’s largest market for fresh fruit imports, with total volumes in 2021 rising slightly to 5.4 million tonnes in a difficult year for trade.

Indonesia, which mainly imports temperate fruits, increased its fresh fruit imports by 24% to 710,000 tons.

Avocado imports recorded strong increases in a number of Asian markets in 2021, albeit from a low base.

Comparative analysis

The statistics handbook not only presents numbers, but also insightful analysis, helping the industry make sense of production, supply and trade patterns in 12 different Asian markets.

“Business data is now shaping our day-to-day business decisions in ways never before possible thanks to the availability of big data and analytics tools,” said Wayne Prowse of Fresh Intelligence Consulting, who produces the market analysis for the statistics handbook. of the Asiafruit congress. “During these uncertain times, the Asiafruit Congress Statistics Handbook continues to generate a wealth of statistical information to support the vibrant fresh produce industry across Asia.”

Analysis of each of the 12 markets covered in the Handbook of Statistics includes import and export volumes of fresh fruits and vegetables for 2021. These are broken down by product for year-over-year comparison , while the graphs reveal the five-year trend of total fruits and vegetables. import/export volumes of vegetables.

Supplier market share for top import products is displayed in pie charts. In addition, there are graphs and tables to show the production of fresh fruits and vegetables by product; trade balance; the relative share of tropical and temperate fruit imports; and consumption volumes of fruits and vegetables.

Download a free digital copy of the Asiafruit Congress 2022 Statistics Handbook here.

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