China announces it will reduce tariffs on selected fruit imports
While tariffs on many imported fruits will be reduced, countries such as Chile, Peru, and New Zealand will maintain their duty-free status.
One of the most significant adjustments is the reduction of import tariffs on South Korean table grapes, which went from 5.2% in 2020 to 3.9% in 2021. According to data from China's Customs, the country imported 224 tons of grapes from South Korea in 2019, and up to November 2020, it had imported 250 tons.
South Korea mainly exports three grape varieties: Shine Muscat, Kyoho, and Campbell Early. It has been exporting these varieties to China since September 2017.
Tariffs on Australian citrus imports, which ranged from 3.7% to 10% in 2020, decreased to a new rate that ranges from 2.4% to 6.7% in 2021.
With the exception of citrus, all other Australian fresh fruit exports to China have been duty-free since January 1, 2019. Import tariffs on oranges also fell from 4.9% to 3.7% on January 1, 2020. Under China's trade plan, tariffs on Australian orange imports will be further lowered to 2.4% in 2021 and 1.2% in 2022, before finally being duty-free on January 1, 2023.
China is the third-largest importer of pineapples, after the United States and the Netherlands. The country mainly imports pineapples from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan to keep up with consumer demand, which is increasing by more than 40% each year. ■