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India ships season's first grapes to China, outlook grim for Australia mkt
Jan 04, 2019

While India has shipped its first consignment of grapes to China to mark the beginning of the bumper season 2019, the potential of exporting to the newly opened market, Australia, looks grim due to geographical disadvantages.
India exports around 190,000 tonnes of grapes worth $300 million a year, of which the Netherlands contributes nearly 33 per cent both in volume and value. Russia and United Kingdom shared 15 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively, in 2017-18.
China has been a regular buyer of Indian grapes. During 2017-18, China had imported 827 tonnes of grapes worth $1.3 million from India, a YoY decline of over 52 per cent due to its increased reliance on North and South American countries. But it has turned a big buyer of Indian grapes this year due to a 25 per cent import duty levied by the Chinese government on the fruit coming from the United States.
The first consignment of 33 tonnes of Indian grapes has already been dispatched to China and is expected to hit Chinese ports by January 15. We are looking to double our grapes export to China this year. Chinese buyers are looking at India as a potential supplier after lower grape imports from the United States, said U K Vats, General Manager, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda).
China, which is not a producer of grapes, meets its entire demand through imports from India and other major producing countries.

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