[21 June/EuroFruit]

Italian kiwifruit exporters were granted a major concession on their trade protocol with China which would allow them to carry out cold treatment of kiwifruit prior to shipment to China. This could boost exports to China as a result. The treatment was designed to rule out the possibility of unwanted pests being brought into China. The alteration would simplify export procedures, removing the need for cold treatment on arrival. According to CSO, the Italian government had been instrumental in coordinating negotiations. CSO’s International Relations and Emerging Markets Manager, Simona Rubbi, said considering the trust they had built with China, it was fundamental that export companies paid attention to meeting cold chain requirements to confirm and consolidate their trust. Italy exports more than 13,000 tonnes of kiwifruit to China every year.