Kakuzi gets nod to make second avocado shipment to China

Local agribusiness firm Kakuzi Plc has secured pre-shipment approvals from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) for its second avocado shipment to China.

According to the company, there has been a spike in demand since its inaugural export to the Asian country in August.

Kenya is currently enjoying a market advantage as it is the only approved African source market for fresh Avocado fruits in China. Alongside Kenya, China counts several leading producers, including Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Chile, as the approved exporters, with Kenya having a geographical advantage against its South American competitors.

Speaking when he confirmed the scheduled shipment for this week, Kakuzi PLC Managing Director Mr Christopher Flowers said the containers were prepared and transferred to Mombasa over the weekend.

Mr Flowers said shipments to China are providing much-needed growth leverage for Kenyan produce and Kakuzi as it seeks to enhance its markets and product diversification strategy.

“We received the pre-shipment clearance by KEPHIS last week and proceeded to load and dispatch the container to Mombasa over the weekend. The container is expected to leave the port of Mombasa for a 30-day voyage to China,” Flowers said.

He added, “In recent times, our order book with the Chinese buyers has been growing at an encouraging and steady pace. While we have a full order book from our existing customers, additional crop this year has enabled us to keep shipping at least one container weekly to China for the next two months even as the avocado harvest season ends.”

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