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China Market Opening to Egyptian Mangos

September 21, 2023

According to reports from Egyptian media outlets Masrawy and Ahram Online, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation announced on Sept. 16 that China had signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt to open its market to Egyptian mangos.

On Sept. 16, El-Sayed El-Quseir, the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, held a meeting with Wang Lingjun, vice minister of China’s General Administration of Customs, to discuss strategies for bolstering agricultural trade between the two nations and officially sign the memorandum of understanding. Both parties agreed to work to streamline procedures for agricultural product exchanges and jointly declared that the Chinese market will open to Egyptian mangos.

El-Quseir praised the memorandum of understanding as a milestone in Egypt–China trade relations. It not only marks the introduction of Egyptian mangos to the Chinese market but also holds the broader promise of strengthening the presence of Egyptian agricultural products in China.

He emphasized that Egyptian agricultural products are renowned for their high quality and enjoy significant demand from numerous countries around the globe. Egypt has implemented rigorous measures to safeguard animal and plant health. In terms of food safety, the country has established regulatory agencies and instituted a coding system for Egyptian farms.

Egypt ranks as the world’s 10th-largest exporter of mangos, with an impressive array of over 30 varieties. Among these, the most sought after include Zebdya, Mabrouka, Sideka, Awees, Keitt, Kent, Tommy and Naomi. Mangos are presently Egypt’s second-most exported fruit, after citrus. Egyptian mangos find their way to more than 50 countries, with the key markets being various European countries such as France, Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, they are also in high demand in Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

According to data from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, mango cultivation in Egypt has exceeded 90,000 hectares, with an annual export volume of approximately 53,000 metric tons. Mango harvesting in the country typically starts in July and lasts through November.

Wang stated that Egyptian products on the Chinese market have witnessed a remarkable 30% increase in recent years. Egypt currently stands as the second-largest source of fresh oranges imported into China, reflecting substantial demand from Chinese consumers. Furthermore, he pointed out that both parties should expedite the completion of export documentation for Egyptian chiles to the Chinese market and draft another memorandum of understanding for prompt signing.

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This article was based on a Chinese article. Read the original article.

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