In the first half of 2019, exports to China were estimated at $425 million (about 13 billion baht), increasing by 70%, and those to Southeast Asian nations amounted to $219 million (about 6.7 billion baht), up 19%, year-on-year, Mrs Oramon said. Brisk demand in China has undercut Thai domestic sales. In the first half of 2019, exports to China were estimated at $425 million, increasing by 70 per cent, and those to Southeast Asian nations amounted to $219 million, up 19 per cent, year-on-year, Oramon said. In April, Thailand exported 120,000 tons of durian, up 135 percent from a year earlier. “[Fresh] durian fruits accounted for 44% of total Thai fruit exports,” she told Bangkok Post. Initially, the whole fruit was not allowed to import in China from Malaysia. Durian Harvests is expecting a 50 percent jump in durian exports by 2030, with the country aiming to compete with Thailand as China’s main source of the fruit. The export of frozen durian to China during the period also increased to RM127 million … However, in May 2019, the Chinese customs department welcomed the frozen whole fruit in the nation. Malaysia’s official share is small because of trade restrictions that limit durian exports to China to pulp and paste form, although reports … In 2017, China’s imports of durian grew by 15 percent, reaching 350,000 tons, or a value of 510 million U.S. dollars, according to United Nations’ data. Almost all of China’s fresh durian imports are from Thailand, which is the world’s top producer and exporter. Thailand’s free trade agreements with 16 countries had boosted its durian exports. According to Thailand’s Commerce Ministry, the Southeast Asian country’s durian exports to China from January to April this year grew 78.05 per cent year-on-year. China was the top global importer last year as well, taking in some US$1.81bn worth of durians. durian is the most outstanding item that Thailand exports to China. Thailand's durian exports have exploded this year. China’s appetite for Thai durians has continued to grow through the first three months of 2020 (1Q2020).. A Sina report said Thailand’s durian exports to China significantly increased in Q12020, while exports to Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan all decreased.. China, including Hong Kong, was the biggest importer of fresh durians, purchasing 80% to 90% of total Thai exports through 2016. Thailand was also the top exporter of durians in 2018 at a value of US$1.83bn, according to data from the United Nations Comtrade Database. Figure 2: Thailand's fruit exports to China (outstanding items) Thailand's free trade agreements with 16 countries had boosted its durian exports. In Figure 2, we see that during 2011 to 2016, durian was exported increasingly from Thailand to China, and this has become the dominating fruit exported from Thailand to China. According to Thailand’s Commerce Ministry, the Southeast Asian country’s durian exports to China from January to April this year grew 78.05 per cent year-on-year. The Free Trade Agreement with Thailand has fueled the import of China significantly. In 2019, Thailand exported $1.46 billion worth of durians to overseas markets, a rise of 54.6% from the previous year, with China, Hong Kong and Asean nations accounting for 98% of export …