Sesame, fruit, flowers and lobster: Shanghai opens its doors to agricultural products from Africa.

  From sesame seeds to fruits, from flowers to lobsters, in 2023, Shanghai Customs accumulated quarantine supervision from Africa.The value of goods is 7.37 billion yuan, opening the door to more and more people from Africa.

  In January 2024, a freight forwarding company imported more than 1,000 tons of sesame seeds through Wusong Port in Shanghai, many of which came from African countries such as Niger. Zhang Kaiyi, the person in charge of this enterprise, said that sesame has advantages and characteristics in Africa, with wide planting area, large output and high oil yield. It can enjoy zero-tariff preferential policies when exported to China and has been welcomed by domestic edible oil processing enterprises in recent years.

  In the first two months of 2024, Yangshan Customs under Shanghai Customs has inspected 235.3 tons of fruits imported from Africa, including oranges and grapefruit.

  In order to help the safe and efficient customs clearance of high-quality agricultural products in Africa, Yangshan Customs, on the one hand, uses the "intelligent integrated platform for plant inspection" to effectively improve the supervision efficiency; On the other hand, we will implement the access system for overseas agricultural products exported to China and the registration system for overseas production and processing enterprises, and do a good job in supervision and sampling inspection, risk monitoring and pest screening of imported agricultural products to ensure import.And national biosafety.

  At the Shanghai port, the increasing number of agricultural products from Africa has brought new vitality to China-Africa economic and trade cooperation.

  In the first two months of 2024, the customs of Shanghai Pudong International Airport supervised more than 40 tons of fresh cut flowers from Africa. Take a batch of 15,000 South African fresh cut flowers as an example. It only takes 30 minutes for the customs to ensure their smooth customs clearance and transport them to the flower market in Shanghai and surrounding areas in the freshest state.

  Also at Pudong International Airport, in the first two months of 2024, more than 83 tons of edible aquatic animals such as lobsters from Africa have been imported, up 9.3% year-on-year.