Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2021 shows avocados hanging from a tree branch in Muranga County, Kenya. (Xinhua/Bedah Mengo)
Kenyan company Kakuzi said it had obtained pre-shipment approval from the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service for its second shipment of fresh avocados to China.
NAIROBI, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s Integrated Agro-Industrial Company, Kakuzi, confirmed on Tuesday that it has obtained pre-shipment approval from the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service (KEPHIS), the regulatory agency country’s phytosanitary, for its second shipment of fresh avocados. in China.
Kakuzi managing director Christopher Flowers said the company will ship several shipments of 20ft containers to China by sea before the end of this week amid a surge in demand for fresh Kenyan avocados.
“We received pre-shipment clearance from KEPHIS last week and proceeded to load and ship the container to Mombasa over the weekend. The container is expected to leave Mombasa port for a voyage of 30 days to China,” Flowers said in a statement. statement issued in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Isaac Kinale, an avocado farmer shows an avocado tree at a farm in Muranga County, Kenya, Feb. 4, 2021. (Xinhua/Bedah Mengo)
The East African nation currently enjoys a market advantage as it is the only approved African source market for fresh avocado fruit in China.
Flowers said shipments to China were a much-needed growth driver for Kenyan and Kakuzi products as it seeks to improve its markets and product diversification strategy.
He said the backlog with Chinese buyers has grown at an encouraging and steady pace in recent days.
“Although we have a full order book from our existing customers, an additional harvest this year has allowed us to continue shipping at least one container per week to China for the next two months, even at the end of the harvest season. lawyers,” Flowers said.
The export of fresh avocados to China follows the signing in early January of two protocols aimed at facilitating bilateral trade, primarily the export of avocados and aquatic products from Kenya to China.
Kakuzi China Market Officer Yu Lifan, representative of Halls Fresh Produce, said the Chinese market needs more supply of quality fruit and more options for consumers to buy lawyers 365 days a year at affordable prices. ■