BANGKOK, 26th May 2018 (NNT) Durians continue to prove popular among Chinese consumers; Thai durian exports to China skyrocketed by 135% in April 2018.

Director of the Trade Policy and Strategy Office of the Ministry of Commerce, Pimchanok Vonkorpon announced this week that Thailand in April sold 120,000 tons of durians to overseas consumers, accounting for an increase of 135% compared to the same period last year. The total value of durian sales was recorded at 220 million US dollars, an increase of 207%, largely thanks to the increasing prices of the famous tropical fruit on the global market.

As one of the largest durian consumers, China in April imported 56,000 tons of Thai durians which accounted for almost 50% of all durians sold by Thailand to international buyers. The figure also represented a monstrous 700% rise year on year.

In the first four months of 2018, Thailand exported a total of 150,000 tons of durian worth 286 million dollars, a year-on-year increase of 159%.

National News Bureau Of Thailand | Chinese demand for Thai durians rises in April