APRIL 5TH 2016
CHINA DESTROYS 35 TONS OF PHILIPPINE BANANAS
Behind the news grabbing headlines of the South China Sea, it’s easy to see that economic ties between Asian states are still the centerpieces of the region’s activities.
This month’s destruction of 34.78 tons of ‘substandard bananas’ delivered from the Philippines to the city of Shenzhen should be understood as an issue of quality control and not sour relations.
The delivery, worth just 33,000 dollars were mashed and buried on the 25th of March, according to CCTV.
Behind the control issue was the result of a sampling test that indicated the bananas contained too much cabendazim. Essentially, the levels of pesticide residue in the bananas were too high.
China remains the fourth largest export market for the Philippines despite an ongoing dispute over areas of the South China Sea.
In March of 2012, China stopped a shipment of bananas one month before a large escalation in the dispute over the Scarborough shoal. Chinese authorities claimed to find pests in the delivery. Since the event, more stringent quarantine rules have been placed on other fruit delivered from the Philippines, also.
This trend is more a representation of China’s increasing quality control standards over geopolitics.The price of imported bananas continues to rise in China, with prices reaching 110 RMB per carton, up from 60 RMB three months ago. Domestic production has waned and the Philippines remains the largest exporter to Chinese markets. ‘In China, most bananas that are imported come from the Philippines. The quality is good and transport time is short. The Chinese market is large and demand for bananas is solid’.
To keep in line with competitors and have any chance to increase market share and reputation, inspection success and general quality control are key.
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