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New Zealand Avocados Added to China’s Allowable Imported Fruits List

February 05, 2018

On January 29, the General Administration of Quality Inspection, Supervision and Quarantine (AQSIQ) updated the list of allowable imported fruits for the second time this year. Following the previous update on January 12, New Zealand avocados have completed admittance procedures and are now recognized as official imports. Temporary import restrictions on Argentine blueberries will continue until all formal admittance procedures are completed.

According to reports, major export markets for New Zealand Avocados include Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. In 2017, The value of New Zealand avocado exports reached NZ 155.5 million (USD 114 million). Mr. Tony Ponder, Chairman of New Zealand Avocado Growers Association, expressed New Zealand Avocados intend to gain competitiveness in international markets, maintain sustainable development and high-quality products. Moreover, Mr. Ponder articulated optimism about the huge market potential in China.  New Zealand Avocado Growers Association will partner with the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand in a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) initiative called “Go Global”. This five-year programme aims to triple domestic avocado production by 2023 with an annual output value of NZ 280 million (USD 205 million).

Furthermore, AQSIQ published a list of registered New Zealand orchards and packaging facilities, which included the accredited packaging company Just Avocado Ltd., Youngs Hill Orchard, Springfield Orchard, and Tarlena Avocados Ltd. (avocado orchard). All names on the list are located in the Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

The permissible fruit list released by AQSIQ on January 29, 2018 is as follows:


Tamarind (Tamarindus indica), Sugarapple (Annona squamosa), Papaya (Carica papaya), Carambola (Averrhoa carambola), Guava (Psidium guajava), Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), Rose apple (Syzygium samarangense), Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), Long kong (Lansium parasiticum), Pineapple (Ananas comosus), Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota), Banana (Musa sp.), Passion fruit (Passiflora caerulea), Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Longan (Dimocarpus longan), Durian (Durio zibethinus), Mango (Mangifera indica), Litchi (Litchi chinensis), Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), Citrus [Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Pomelo (Citrus maxima)]


Longan (Dimocarpus longgana), Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), Litchi (Litchi chinensis), Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), Pawpaw (Chaenomeles sinensis), Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)


Banana (Musa nana), Longan (Dimocarpus longan), Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), Salacca (Salacca zalacca)


Pineapple (Ananas comosus), Banana (Musa sp.), Mango (Mangifera indica), Papaya (Carica papaya)


Mango (Mangifera Indica), longan (Dimocarpus longan), Banana (Musa sp.), Litchi (Litchi chinensis), Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), Pitaya (Hylocereus undulatus)


Longan (Dimocarpus longan), Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), Litchi (Litchi chinensis), Mango (Mangifera indica), Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), Melon (Cucumis melo), lndian jujube (Zizyphus mauritiana)

(The final four kinds of fruits can only been imported to China through the port of Daluo, in Ruili, Yunnan)


Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)*, Banana (Musa supientum)*


Citrus [Orange (Citrus sinensis)*, Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Lemon (Citrus limon)]


Mango (Mangifera indica), Grape (Vitis vinifera)


Mango (Mangifera indica), Citrus [Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Orange(Citrus sinensis)]


Banana (Musa supientum)*


Cherry (Prunus avium)


Citrus [Orange (Citrus sinensis)], Pomelo (Citrus maxima), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Lemon (Citrus limon), Grapefruit (Citrus paradise)]


Cherry (Prunus avium)


Cherry (Prunus avium)


Cherry (Prunus avium)*


Apple (Malus domestica), Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia)


Sweetberry/honeysuckle (Lonicera caerule L. var. edulis Turcz. ex Herd.), Lingonberry (Vaccinium sp.) (only for processing)


Grape (Vitis vinifera)


Pineapple (Ananas comosus), Banana (Musa sp.), Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Sugar apple/Sweet sop(Annona squamosa; Annona cherimola × Annonasquamosa; Atemoya), Pawpaw (Chaenomeles sinensis), Papaya (Carica papaya), Fruit of Carambola (Averrhoa carambola), Mango (Mangifera indica), Guava (Psidium guajava), Rose apple (Syzygium samarangense), Betel nut (Areca catechu), Plum (Prunus salicina), Loguat (Eriobotrya japonica), Persimmon (Diospyros kaki), Peach (Prunus persica), Indian jujube (Zizyphus mauritiana), Japanese apricot/Mei (Prunus mume), Pitaya (Hylocereus undulatus, Hylocereus polyrhizus, Hylocereus costaricensis), Melon/Cantaloupe (Cucunmis melo), Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia), Grape (Vitis vinifera., Vitis labrusca and its hybrid species, mainly Kyoho grape Vitis vinifera × Vitis labrusca na Bailey cv. Kyoho), Citrus [Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) and its hybrid species, Pomelo (Citrus maxima), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Lemon (Citrus limon), Orange (Citrus sinensis)]


Plum (Prunus salicina, Prunus domestica, only from California), Cherry (Prunus avium, only from WA, OR, CA, ID), Grape (Vitis vinifera, only from CA), Apple (Malus domestica), Citrus (Citrus spp., only from CA, FL, AZ, TX), Pear (Pyrus communis, only from CA, WA, OR), Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa, only from CA)


Cherry (Prunus avium, only from British Columbia), Blueberry (Vacciniumspp., only from British Columbia)


Avocado (Persea americana Var. Hass), Grape (Vitis vinifera), Blackberry (Rubus ulmifo-lius), Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), Blueberry (Vaccinium spp)


Banana (Musa sp.)


Banana (Musa sp.), Mango (Mangifera indica)


Banana (Musa sp.)


Banana (Musa AAA), Pineapple (Ananas comosus)


Citrus (Citrus sp., except lemons), Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)


Citrus [Orange (Citrus sinensis), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata and its hybrid species)], Apple (Malus domestica), Pear (Pyrus communis), Grape (Vitis vinifera)*, Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)*


Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis, Actinidia deliciosa), Apple (Malus domestica), Grape (Vitis vinifera), Plum (Prunus salicina, Prunus domoestica), Cherry (Prunus avium), Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), Avocado (Persea americana), Nectarine (Prunus persica var. nectarine)


Grape (Vitis vinifera), Mango (Mangifera indica), Citrus [Grapefruit (Citrus × paradisii), Mandarin (Citrus reticulate) and its hybrid species, Orange (Citrus sinensis), Key lime (Citrus aurantifolia) and Tahiti lime (Citrus latifolia)], Avocado (Persea americana), Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)

[Note: Corresponding English names for Key lime and Tahiti lime are provided in the AQSIQ list. They have been added by Produce Report based on the Latin names]


Apple (Malus domestica), Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis, Actinidia deliciosa)


Citrus [Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Lemon (Citrus limon)], Peach (Prunus persica), Plum (Prunus salicina, Prunus domoestica)


Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis, Actinidia deliciosa), Citrus [Orange (Citrus sinensis cv. Tarocco, cv. Sanguinello, cv. Moro), Lemon (Citrus limon cv. Femminello comune)]


Citrus [Orange (Citrus sinensis), Lemon (Citrus limon), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Mandora (Citrus sinensis × Citrus reticulata)]


Pear (Pyrus communis)


Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis, Actinidia deliciosa)


Pear (Pyrus communis)


Apple (Malus domestica)


Citrus [Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Lemon (Citrus limon)], Grape (Vitis vinifera), Apple (Malus domestica)


Citrus (Citrus sp.), Grape (Vitis vinifera)


Citrus [Orange (Citrus sinensis), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Clementine (Citrus clementina), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)]


Citrus [Orange(Citrus sinensis), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Lemon (Citrus limon), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia, Citrus latifolia, Citrus limonia), Tangelo (Citrus tangelo), Sweet grapefruit (Citrus grandis × Citrus paradisi)], Mango (Mangifera indica), Apple (Malus domestica, only from Tasmania), Grape (Vitis vinifera), Cherry (Prunus avium), Nectarine (Prunus persica var. nectarine), Peach (Prunus persica), Plum (Prunus domestica;Prunus salicina), Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)


Citrus [Mandarin (Citrus reticulata, Citrus deliciosa, Citrus unshiu), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Lemon (Citrus limon, Citrus meyeri)], Apple (Malus domestica), Cherry (Prunus avium), Grape (Vitis vinifera), Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis, Actinidia deliciosa, Actinidia deliciosa×Actinidia chinensis), Plum (Prunus salicina, Prunus domestica), Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia, Pyrus communis), Japanese apricot/Mei (Prunus mume), Persimmon (Diospyros kaki), Avocado (Persea Americana)


1) * Admittance protocols are not yet complete and, therefore, cannot currently be imported.

2) This update includes changes to the import status New Zealand avocados


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