China's exports of major frozen vegetables have continued to rise over the past few years and are likely to continue to grow in 2009, despite earlier product safety scandals and a reputation for poor food quality....
From January to October 2008, China's exports of frozen sweet corn jumped from just 4,160 tons in 2003 to an impressive 23,790 tons.
South Korea imported 21, 500 tons of sweet corn from China in 2007, but this year that number has fallen to 11, 490 tons. Chile's imports of sweet corn from China rose to 2,410 tons from 150 tons in january-october 2007.
Exports of frozen peas in China have grown particularly rapidly and have made remarkable progress. Between January and October 2008, China's exports of frozen peas were up 7 percent from a year earlier. Exports of frozen peas jumped from less than 3,000 tons in 2003 to more than 21,000 tons in 2008. The main countries and regions that buy frozen peas from China are the United States, Japan and Taiwan. Among them, Taiwan's imports increased significantly, from 890 tons in the same period last year to 1,780 tons. Belgium also increased imports of frozen peas from China to 1,150 tons from 650 tons a year earlier.
Exports of other frozen beans from China have also increased steadily over the years. In the first 10 months of 2008, exports reached 13, 240 tons. Of this, Japan imported 8,300 tons and the United States 2,070 tons.
The European market is not the main buyer of frozen vegetables in China. But there is a worldwide demand for frozen vegetables. For example, exports of frozen peas' other 'items listed in the table below have increased by 8,400 tons this year and are scattered across countries, with the united Arab emirates importing 540 tons, Turkey 600 tons and Mexico 500 tons.
The number of secondary customers who buy frozen vegetables in China has increased greatly, while the purchase volume is not large. Generally speaking, a country imports hundreds of tons of frozen vegetables, which together constitute a large part of China's export volume of frozen vegetables.