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Southeast Asian fruits ride RCEP wave to Chinese market

Xinhua – Durians have entered their best season, and orders for the “stinky” fruit in China began to soar in late April, driving its imports from Southeast Asia, its main producing area. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the world’s largest free trade deal to date that took effect on Jan. 1, 2022, has further […]

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Covid and Conflict Complicate Fruit Supply Across Southeast Asia

China’s zero-Covid policy for imports has disrupted the Thai exportation of durian crops, while coffee farmers in Vietnam have resorted to growing avocados and durians due to the high cost of fertilizer amidst the conflict in Ukraine. Fruit brought into China is being subjected to strenuous Covid inspections, and these slow inspections are causing some highly […]

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