The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) has granted approval to sixty additional orchards in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, for exporting cherries to China. The announcement was made by Commercial Counsellor Ghulam Qadir at the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing on Friday.
This approval holds immense potential for Gilgit Baltistan’s agricultural sector, as cherry cultivation is a prominent industry in the region. Ghulam Qadir emphasized that the endorsement from Chinese customs signifies that Pakistani cherries meet the necessary standards and regulations required for export to China. This development not only opens up new trade avenues but also showcases the high quality and exquisite taste of Pakistani cherries to a broader international market.
Arman Shah, CEO of Hashwan Group and Arman Shah Farm, the largest farm approved by Chinese Customs, expressed his views on the collaboration between China and Pakistan in promoting agricultural exports, particularly cherries from Gilgit Baltistan. He highlighted the mutual benefits derived from such partnerships, which not only contribute to economic growth but also strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
Shah further revealed that Gilgit Baltistan cherries have already been exported to other countries, with the primary market being the Middle East. The export price for this year ranged between Rs. 700-1,000 per kg. Each season, Gilgit Baltistan produces over 4,000 tons of high-quality cherries, with Shah’s 7.5-acre farm contributing around 15-20 tons. His farm’s cold storage facility allows for continued exports even after the cherry season.
This recent approval by Chinese customs signifies a significant step towards enhancing trade relations between China and Pakistan and stands as a testament to the exceptional quality of produce originating from Gilgit Baltistan. Additionally, fifteen cold storage and packing facilities have also received approval from Chinese customs, enabling them to export cherries to China.