Australia replaced U.S. as major source of imported almonds in China
Topics: AUSTRALIA U.S. ALMONDS CHINA
But in the first half of 2020, the import volume was only 10.46 kilotons in China, less than half of that in 2019, ResearchAndMarkets reports.
Most almonds are imported through Guangdong Customs.
The Chinese market divides almonds into two categories according to whether they are shelled or not.
According to the report, from August 2018 to July 2019, China's Almond production was 43 kilotons.
In China, Almonds are only intensively cultivated in the Hetian area of Kashgar, Xinjiang province.
Almond consumption highly depends on imports in China because of the large gap between the demand and the limited domestic supply.
California is the largest almond supplier in the world.
More than 80% of almonds in the world are produced in California.
Thus, the United States was the largest source of China's almond imports before the Sino-US trade war.
China imposed a 50% tariff on American almonds in 2018.
After that, Chinese importers looked for Australian and Thai almonds as substitutes, and Australia replaced the USA as the major source of imported almonds in China. ■