Pakistan exported a record $17.67 million work of Pakistani Pine nuts (Chalghoza) in the first two months of 2022 according to the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China.
In the first two months of 2022, China was one of the main destinations for pine nuts imported from Pakistan, importing 1,606.51 tons worth $17.67 million. China has imported pine nuts worth $42.35 million, with Pakistan accounting for 42% of the total.
Pakistani pine nuts are particularly popular in China, according to Abdullah Afridi, a Pakistani pine nuts trader in China, due to their good flavor and the use of major e-commerce platforms to boost Pakistani pine nuts sales.
“Pakistani and Chinese traders can export their pine nuts to China at zero tariffs under the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement,” he explained. “This aided in increasing exports prior to the 36 percent pine nut tax.”
According to Yar Muhammad Niazi, CEO of a food company in Hangzhou, China, Pakistani traders bought machinery from China to sort the empty shells of pine nuts, and those machines can grade pine nuts by size and quality, making uniform processing and export to the rest of the globe easier.
“China imports pine nuts from all over the world, but Pakistani, Afghani, and Brazilian pine nuts are the most popular in the Chinese market. Pakistan needs to attract more investment and technology to improve this area. Farmers in Pakistan and Afghanistan still have to carry pine nuts bags on their shoulders or backs due to a lack of access to cars and technology,” he said.
China bought 201.2 tons of pine nuts from Afghanistan for $2.82 million in the first two months of this year, boosting total imports to 5,722 tons for $42.35 million.
Pine nuts are considered a royal dry fruit in Pakistan, according to an expert, and people love to eat them in the winter, but they are only available to the wealthy.