Thailand increases durian exports to China by 14% this year

Thailand has exported 14% more durian to China in this year’s first quarter over the same period last year. The Trade Negotiations Department Director General says Thai durian auctions in the first quarter secured 186 million, making up 88% of the total amount of Thai durian exports to world markets.

Last year, Thailand exported US1.5 billion worth of durian to China, a 78% increase from 2019. China’s share accounted for 73% of total Thai durian exports to world markets. 18 countries have free trade agreements for fruit with Thailand. Thailand is actively exporting fresh fruit with its top buyers being Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. The most popular fruits are the national delicacy of durian, along with mango, mangosteen and longan.

Despite the increases in durian exports, farmers have been worried about Covid-19′s effect on the industry. Earlier in 2021 health authorities in China circulated a press release stating that imported cherries from Chile had been tested and found to have Covid-19 contamination. This statement prompted a huge drop in Chilean cherry prices. Thai growers are worried the same might happen to durian imports. As the seriousness of the Coronavirus in Thailand reaches new widespread levels, one instance of a durian container being linked to Covid-19 could spur a total ban on importing fruit from Thailand.

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Ann Carter

Ann Carter is an award-winning journalist from the United States with over 12 years experience in print and broadcast news. Her work has been featured in America, China and Thailand as she has worked internationally at major news stations as a writer and producer. Carter graduated from the Walter Williams Missouri School of Journalism in the USA.


  1. The new railway once open will be very important for the export of durian to thai durian lovers eat as many of them as possible at the moment as they will not be able to afford to buy them in a few years time.even in the unlikely event of them having the money to buy the king of fruits all commercial production will be for export to the mandarins in Beijing only.

  2. it’s almost impossible to grow and make profit with durian unless you spray tons of pesticides, and by a ton i mean morning and evening during the blossom by drones or benzine sprayer, i found it delicious, but i won’t eat it for that reason, it will have terrible effect of thai people health, and need shit lot of water to grow as well, but if the chinese ask for it, thailand have to provide, where i live in south they already cut rubber plantation and palm to grow durian, i don’t think the price will stay high for very long…

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