Kenyan Avocados Sold At The Largest Fruit Market In East China

Kakuzi has completed the import voyage that began last week for the inaugural export consignment and has become the first African firm to officially undertake commercial sales of Avocados on Chinese soil.

Kenya-grown fresh avocado fruits sourced from listed agribusiness firm Kakuzi Plc arrived at East China’s largest fresh fruit wholesale market this morning.

The premium fruits, which arrived in Shanghai, China, on Sunday evening, were stocked at the Shanghai Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market just one day after phytosanitary and customs clearance for the inaugural consignment.

Kakuzi has completed the import voyage that began last week for the inaugural export consignment and has become the first African firm to officially undertake commercial sales of Avocados on Chinese soil.

When confirming the market diversification milestone, Kakuzi Plc Managing Director Chris Flowers stated that the company’s marketing agents in China, Halls Fresh Produce, had acknowledged the early morning stocking of Hass Avocado fruits following the mandatory quarantine period.

The stocking comes after a thorough phytosanitary inspection by the Chinese National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) at Shanghai International Airport and customs clearance by the People’s Republic of China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) yesterday.

Following the successful delivery of the first consignment, Mr Flowers confirmed that a second consignment will be picked and prepared for export to China.

“Discerning Chinese consumers have woken up to the market availability of the freshest Kakuzi Hass Avocado. This development officially marks the entry of Kenya as an exporter of quality avocado fruits to China and completes the export loop that commenced last Thursday,” Flowers said. He disclosed, “This is a true tree-to-shelf story as the fruits were handpicked at our Murang’a County orchards and packed for export last Thursday. They were airlifted to China on Saturday, cleared for sale on Tuesday afternoon and stocked in a wholesale market Thursday morning.”

The inaugural shipment, according to Mr Lifan Yu of Halls Fresh Produce, the market agent for Kakuzi in China, will strengthen bilateral trade and social relations between the Chinese and Kenyan people.

“The Chinese community has been a true friend to the people of Kenya, and this inaugural shipment of fresh avocado fruits will cement these relations. Kakuzi is a quality grower of horticultural produce, livestock and forestry products for the Kenyan and export markets. Lifan said that the Halls and Kakuzi collaboration will help deepen the Chinese Avocado market. He added, “At Halls Fresh Produce China, we have been promoting ready-to-eat avocados for several years. Chinese consumers are now more familiar with our quality and premium products as quality, sustainability, and traceability are at the heart of what we do.”

The import of fresh Avocado superfood from Kenya to China follows the signing of two commercial protocols in early January (2022) to facilitate bilateral trade, primarily the export of avocados and aquatic products from Kenya to China. The protocols were signed in Mombasa, Kenya, by Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Peter Munya, and the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Zhou Pingjian.

Kakuzi PLC has been working on the necessary preparations for its entry into the Chinese market since January of this year. The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) and the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) have approved fifteen (15) orchards, nine (9) packhouses, and one (1) fumigation facility, including Kakuzi’s orchards and packhouses, to export fresh avocado to China. Following the stringent audits, the GACC recently published a list of authorized orchards, packing houses, and fumigation facilities to export fruit to China.