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Hubei directly imports American fruit

Source: Xinhua 02/09/2018 04:02:36

The first 1,080 boxes of Sunkist oranges from the United States arrived in central China's Hubei Province Tuesday, marking Hubei's first direct import of American fruit.

Fruit imported from abroad normally arrives in China's coastal areas including Shanghai, Xiamen and Guangzhou and is transported to inland areas later. The long distance and high transportation fees often add to the price of the fruit.

As Wuhan import fruit port started operation, the capital of Hubei is likely to become a distribution center of imported fruit in central China.

There is a huge market demand in central China areas around Wuhan, said Ryan Scott, Director of the Agricultural Trade Office of the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.

Jamie Fouss, Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, said, taking advantage of opportunities to expand trade from Wuhan's good port and friendly foreign trade policies, U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan will help bring more agricultural products to central China.

Wuhan is the biggest waterway-rail hub in inland China. It is also one of China's major industrial and educational bases.