Local technician Herbert Agaba controls a plant protection drone to spray pesticides at a Chinese-run paddy field in Lukaya, Kalungu district of Uganda on June 2, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Gaiping)
Despite global supply chain challenges, trade between China and Africa reached record levels in 2021, according to a recent report by global research and advisory firm Oxford Business Group.
HONG KONG, March 20 (Xinhua) — A relaxation of trade rules for some African countries by Chinese customs authorities is allowing more agricultural products from the mainland to enter China, according to a recent report by the South China Morning Post.
South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe are among the African countries that recently signed revised protocols allowing them to access the Chinese consumer market, according to the report.
Last month, South Africa shipped its first batch of 100,000 lemons to China. In December, also signed a protocol with China on the export of pears, which is expected to increase the 22% share of pears exported from the country that go to the Far East.
Tanzania started exporting soybeans to China in 2020. Similar deals have been struck for avocados, tea, coffee and roses from Kenya, coffee and soybeans from Ethiopia, beef products from Namibia and Botswana, fruits from South Africa and coffee from Rwanda.
Global research and advisory firm Oxford Business Group noted in its recent report that despite global supply chain challenges, trade between China and Africa has reached record levels in 2021. ■