Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) says China only allows eight crops to be imported from Myanmar.
“AQSIQ certification is needed to export products to China. It needs government-to-government negotiation to be listed for exporting crops to China. Only listed items can be exported, and Myanmar has eight such listed items to export to China. Half of them can go through any gateways into China but another half, such as watermelon, mango, sweet cucumber and plum, can be passed only through Ruili,” said Kyaw Thu, secretary for MFVP.
Other crops will require official certification from China to be exported and government-to-government negotiation is needed for that.
“We will try for other crops not included in the list,” added Kyaw Thu.
Myanmar earns US$140 million from exporting crops to China every year. The country mostly exports watermelon, mango and sweet cucumber.
Myanmar exported about 600,000 tons of watermelon, 150,000 tons of sweet cucumber and 400,000 tons of mango every year to China.
A ton of watermelon can be sold at a price as high as 2,300 Yuan (US$356) and a ton of sweet cucumber can earn up to 4,300 Yuan, according to traders from Muse Trade Centre.