On the 4th, Changsha Customs issued an entry cargo inspection and quarantine certificate for 200 kilograms of dried chili from Rwanda. This is the first time that China has imported African dried chili products.
This batch of goods was declared to Changsha Customs by Hunan International Development Co., Ltd. in a nationwide customs clearance integration method, and was cleared at the Guangzhou Baiyun Airport port.
“The imported 200 kilograms of dried chili peppers this time are mainly sold to distributors and presented as trial products to customers and food processing plants.” According to Yu Jian, chairman of Hunan International Development Co., Ltd., according to the contract, Rwandan suppliers will be Exported 50,000 tons of dried chili to Hunan during the year.
China has the world’s largest consumer group of peppers, and the import demand for dried peppers is huge. In the first half of this year, the country imported a total of 119,900 tons of dried peppers, a year-on-year increase of 45.55%. Hunan is one of the most popular provinces for the consumption of spicy food in China, and it is also a major domestic hot pepper processing province.
According to Li Wenxiang, director of the Planting Management Division of the Hunan Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, although the pepper plantation area in Hunan is large, the per capita consumption is large and the varieties are mainly low-spicy fresh food, which cannot meet the demand of the dried pepper production market. Most of the dried chilies in the Hunan market come from Henan, Guizhou, Xinjiang and other places, and some are imported.
It is understood that dried chili is a “plant-derived food.” At present, apart from Rwanda, China only allows seven countries to export dried chili to China.
At the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in 2019, Hunan enterprises and Rwandan enterprises reached an intention to purchase dried peppers, and the Lu side immediately submitted an application for the export of peppers to China.
On March 11, 2021, the governments of China and Rwanda formally signed a bilateral protocol on the export of dried chilies to China. On July 8, the General Administration of Customs issued an announcement allowing the import of Rwandan dried chili peppers that meet the inspection and quarantine requirements. Rwanda is the first country to be allowed to enter the Chinese market for dried chili products of African origin.
“Imported dried chili peppers are mostly of the ‘spicy type’ and are mostly used for food processing.” Yu Jian said that Rwanda’s climate is suitable for chili planting, which can produce two to three seasons a year, which has obvious cost advantages. “Currently, customer feedback is good, and I am very optimistic about the future market.” After the first batch of dried peppers are successfully imported, the company will start to import large quantities and will expand to the national market later.
While importing dried peppers, Hunan Guokai International Development Co., Ltd. will also export pepper planting and processing equipment such as breeding machines, planters, transplanters, and dryers to Rwanda to help Rwanda improve the planting scale and processing level of peppers. Promote the modernization of local agriculture, further improve the industrial chain, and increase added value.
Dieudone, the supplier of dried peppers from Rwanda, said in a video connection on the 4th: “This cooperation will increase our sales, improve the livelihoods of our farmers, and will also increase trade between the two countries.”
According to customs statistics, in the first half of the year, China-Africa bilateral trade volume was 758.317 billion RMB, a year-on-year increase of 31.2%. As an important part of the exploration and construction of the China-Africa in-depth economic and trade cooperation pilot zone, Hunan Province will focus on building the first batch of African non-resource-based products such as dried peppers, coffee, flowers, cashews, rubber, wood and other African non-resource-based product distribution trading and processing centers.