Land-sea trade corridor boosts China, Thailand fruit trade, September 30, 2021

The New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor China (Guangxi and Sichuan) - Thailand Fruit Fair was held online and in-person on Sept. 28, bringing together logistics, commerce and wholesale food companies and fruit dealers from China and Thailand.

The fair provided an opportunity to discuss establishing a convenient channel for Thai fruits entering Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Sichuan province and other provinces along the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, and accelerating the development of the fruit industry in both countries.

The fruit fair was co-hosted by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangxi Committee (CCPIT Guangxi Committee), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Sichuan Council (CCPIT Sichuan Council), and the Thai Consulates-General in Nanning, Chengdu and Guangzhou, with offline activities taking place in Nanning and online branches in Chengdu, Kunming and Shanghai.

CCPIT Guangxi Committee Chairman Wei Ran said in his speech that Guangxi Beibu Gulf Port has opened a total of 54 shipping routes to date, including seven routes to Bangkok and Laem Chabang in Thailand. He suggested Guangxi and Thailand continue to strengthen their logistical cooperation for sea-rail combined transport, and attract leading Chinese and Thai enterprises to participate in the construction of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor.

Fan Jun, vice chairman of the CCPIT Sichuan Council, said that Sichuan is a major agricultural province and a major consumer of agricultural products. Every year, the province imports durian, mangosteen, longan, dragon fruit and others from Southeast Asian countries. In recent years, Sichuan has improved its infrastructure to support the"going out" and"bringing in" of modern agriculture. Fan said the Sichuan CCPIT Council will work with Thailand and Guangxi CCPIT Committee to build the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor.

Benjamas Tanvetyanont, consul general of Thailand in Nanning, said that the 12 provincial regions in Western China have significant market potential. Thai companies are eager to explore a new route for exporting fruits to Western China by sea-rail through the Beibu Gulf Port in Guangxi. She encouraged both countries to work towards that goal.

During the event, representatives of Nanning Customs gave a detailed explanation of inspection and quarantine requirements concerning the foreign fruit trade. Likewise, representatives of various Chinese and Thai enterprises shared their experiences and views on topics ranging from the facilitation of customs clearance to streamlining logistics and an expansion of the fruit industry.