The first batch of durians exported by air from Thailand have arrived at Nanning Wuxu International Airport in Guangxi, China, following an effort to boost air trade between the two countries.
The fruit arrived at the airport on a Tianjin Air Cargo flight, which landed about two hours after taking off from Bangkok.
“This is good news for durian producers,” said Alongkorn Ponlaboot, adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
The durian shipment was made possible after Tianjin Air Cargo, a carrier based in China’s Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, launched a cargo service linking Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (southern China). China), and Bangkok.
The service is expected to boost exports by air between China and Thailand, especially durian exports, Alongkorn said.
The route followed the decision of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) on April 1 to allow fruit imports from overseas.
The GACC then approved Nanning Wuxu International Airport in the province as a gateway for fruit imported from Thailand.
Alongkorn said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on had also instructed state agencies to boost exports by sea to ease congestion at land checkpoints during the season. durian harvest.
About 40 percent of the durian will be exported overland, while about 5 percent will go through the China-Laos high-speed railway and by air.
This batch of durian was intentionally harvested for export by air, reducing the risk of fruit damage during transfer. This is less likely to happen during land and sea transport.
The speed with which durian can reach the Chinese market will also help ensure the freshness of durian, which is in high demand among Chinese consumers.
Currently, the airport also has live and frozen aquatic food quality control facilities, which could further boost trade between Southeast Asia and China.