Italian pears exports to China have received the green light, with the first container shipments expected imminently. This follows favorable inspections conducted by Chinese authorities, in compliance with the guidelines set by the Italy-China Government Committee. The announcement was made by the Italian agricultural association, Coldiretti, and Filiera Italia, an Italian organization that unites the agricultural sector and the food industry. This development was disclosed during Fruit Attraction, a prominent international event in the fruit sector held in Madrid.
For the Italian fruit industry, this marks a historic achievement, the culmination of extensive and intricate negotiations initiated in 2017, successfully executed through the joint efforts of the Italian phytosanitary service, industry stakeholders, and the diplomatic representatives of both nations.
This approval signifies a pivotal milestone in opening up a significant market to a leading product in the Italian agricultural sector. This holds particular significance for the Emilia-Romagna region, which endured severe flooding in May and maintains a rich heritage in pear cultivation, still maintaining its position as Italy’s primary pear-producing region. A multitude of its fruits boasts the Protected Geographical Indication label.