Friday, September 16, 2016

More agriculture products to enter china without barrriers

NANNING, China: More Malaysian agricultural products will enter China without barriers starting November with the signing of an agreement between the two countries, Second International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said.

He said in the next two months the Malaysian government and a Chinese Agriculture authority would sign the Protocol of Phytosanitary Requirements for the export of pineapple into China.

This marks an important milestone between the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, as well as the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park, he told reporters after the official opening of the Malaysian Pavilion at the 13th China-Asean Expo (Caexpo) here yesterday.

It was reported that the two industrial parks were a collaboration between Malaysia and China, as well as between the cities of Kuantan and Qinzhou under the Two Countries, Twin Parks Initiative.

The Pahang government has approved an  additional  1,000 acres of land to expand the industrial park in Kuantan to 2400 acres.

With the new ventures, the total investments attracted to stand at US$3.77 billion.

Ong said currently, Malaysia’s exports of fruits to China accounted for only six per cent of RM540 million.

“The export of fruits to China is still small, so there is definitely a lot of opportunities for Malaysian companies to tap into China which has a vast population of 1.3 billion.

“By signing this agreement, we want to make Qinzhou our trading hub,” he said, adding that currently, eight Malaysian fruits were already exported to China, including papaya, rambutan, mangosteen, young coconut and watermelon.

Malaysia, which is the world’s second largest producer of bird nests, will also be exporting raw, unclean bird nests to China besides processed bird nests.

The bird nest market in China stood at US$1.8 billion per year. — Bernama

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