Durian, mangosteen and longan: the kings of Thailand
The most popular fruits exported to China from Thailand are durians, called the ‘king of fruit’; mangosteens, the ‘queen’, and longans.
“We have partner farmers and packing houses in various regions of Thailand, which is why we can ensure an almost year-round supply of fruit,” said Pakpum Bhagpabhakorn, director of PP Fruit, who participated in the China FVF expo in Beijing this year.
He explained that the longan season is from June to September in the north of the country, and from November to February in the east. The mangosteens are exported from April to September, while the durian is also available for 6 -7 months a year.
“Fruit from Thailand is highly appreciated all over the world,” Bhagpabhakorn said. “In the first place, our climate is very favourable for exotic fruit production. Also, we have been introducing modern technology and our farmers are very experienced. No wonder, then, that Thai fruit exports keep growing year in, year out.”
PP Fruit is part of the Thai fruit traders and exporters’ association, which promotes their premium fruit internationally. “Fruit export is our main business. We have long-term relationships with our clients from Hong Kong, Indonesia and other Asian countries; we began to export to China six years ago,” he said.
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