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China opens new air route for durians from Thailand

The first Tianjin Air Cargo flight carrying Thai durians landed at Nanning Airport in Guangxi, China on Friday, opening a new shipment route for Thailand’s prime fruit export. “This is good news for durian farmers, said Agriculture Ministry adviser Alongkorn Ponlaboot. "The new cargo flight operation will help stimulate air freight between Guangxi and Thailand, especially of durians, which are popular in China.”

Tianjin Air Cargo operates in China's Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei regions but has expanded to cover the route between Nanning and Bangkok. China opened Nanning Airport as a gateway for Thai fruit exports on April 1 after trade negotiations between Bangkok and Beijing.

Thailand has also increased sea shipments of fruit to 55 per cent in a bid to reduce congestion at land checkpoints during the durian harvest, Alongkorn said. The remaining 40 per cent of Thai fruit would be exported by land and 5 per cent by air.


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