Pakistan's sesame seed export to China rises 46% in H1 2022

By Zafar Hussain | Gwadar Pro Aug 2, 2022

BEIJING, August 2 (Gwadar Pro)- Pakistan's sesame seed exports to China expanded to $50.35 million in the first half (H1) of 2022, up 45.39 percent on a year-on-year basis, shows the official data from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC).

Pakistan's overall exports to China increased by nearly 11% from January-June of the current fiscal year, and sesame seed export increased by nearly 46% according to GACC figures received by Pakistan. 

The sources further said that as per GACC, China imported 33921.88 tons of sesame seed, worth $50.35 million, an increase of 19.61% by volume. In the same period last year, it was 28359.37 tons worth $34.63 million. 

Azhar Shahzad, a sesame seeds exporter told Gwadar Pro that sesame seed is one of the major crops in Pakistan and its export to China increased due to zero duty tariff while the exporters are also getting good rates from Chinese buyers.

"Due to flood, this crop is also expected heavy loss and export would be affected. Chinese seeds varieties help get good and quality crops but we still lack the latest types of machinery. The farmers are poor and they don't have money to buy such technologies and the government doesn't have budget to support farmers. Therefore, I believe if the Chinese can do joint venture or directly help local farmers, it would help us improve this crop and exports as well", he mentioned.

It is worth mentioning that last year Pakistan's sesame seeds export to China achieved a historical figure of $120.44 million. 

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