China - Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual
China’s MY12/13 apple, pear and grape production is forecast to reach 38 million metric tons (MMT), 16.5 MMT, and 7.2 MMT, respectively, on higher crop yields. U.S. apples face import permit delays due to China’s disease concerns but ongoing bilateral negotiations are addressing the issue. Pear imports remain negligible while grape imports are forecast up 20 percent to 180,000 metric tons. Chile is the dominant supplier of apples and grapes to China followed by the United States. China’s apple exports are expected to decline on continued weak world demand and high prices, with pear exports stable to Southeast Asia markets. Table grape exports are forecast to rise 5 percent.