Thailand will export durians worth 120 billion baht (about 5.13 baht) to China this year, up 10 percent year-on-year, according to Cha Linchai, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives. During the prevention and control of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the Chinese government strictly controlled the import of fruits. Last year, Thailand exported 109 billion baht worth of durians to China (sic).
In value terms, Thai fruit has the largest share of China’s imported fruit market at about 40%. Chile (15%) and Vietnam (6%) ranked second and third.
Due to rising fuel prices – partly due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, global inflation and fuel shortages, the Thai government wants the private sector to increase the share of durians transported by sea and rail, with a target of 55% by sea, 40% by road and 5% by road Rail transport.
Alongkorn, an adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, said that although China strictly adheres to “dynamic clearing”, in the first quarter of this year, Thailand’s durian exports to China still increased by 42%.