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China seeks to increase exports of fresh produces to UK

By Wang Chuanbao (The Economic Daily)

14:41, February 07, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

A number of Chinese agricultural enterprises held a promotional meeting for Chinese fresh produces in London on Feb. 4 under the coordination of the Chinese and British governments and non-governmental organizations, in order to quicken the expansion of Chinese agricultural products, including fresh produce, in the British market.

The total volume of agricultural trade between China and Britain rose slightly from a year earlier to 400 million U.S. dollars in 2011. Due to its natural environment, Britain relies heavily on imports of fresh produce, but has only imported a small portion of fresh produce from Chinese suppliers, indicating great potential for cooperation in this sector, said an official from China's Ministry of Commerce who attended the promotional meeting.

According to statistics from British Customs, the country imported nearly 7.4 billion U.S. dollars' worth of fruits and vegetables in 2010, with less than 1 percent from China, making China the 29th largest source of Britain's fresh produce imports.

Representatives of the Chinese agricultural enterprises actively introduced the attractive features of their produces at the meeting.

In response to consumer concern over product quality, an official from the Shandong Provincial Department of Commerce noted that Shandong has been exporting fresh produce to Japan, South Korea, and other countries for a long time. Agricultural enterprises in Shandong province have won wide acclaim from importers by introducing a set of strict standards on all links of their production chains and attaching great importance to ensuring product quality and to meeting the needs of importers.

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