Pimchanok Vonkorpon, Director of the Trade Policy and Strategy Office of the Ministry of Commerce, has announced that Thailand in April sold 120,000 tons of durian to overseas consumers, accounting for an increase of 135% compared to the same period last year.
The total value of durian sales was recorded at US$220 million (more than B7 billion), an increase of 207%, largely thanks to the increasing prices of the famous tropical fruit on the global market.
As one of the largest durian consumers, China in April imported 56,000 tons of Thai durian – accounting for almost half of all durian sold by Thailand to international buyers.
The figure also represented a monstrous 700% rise year-on-year.
In the first four months of 2018, Thailand exported a total of 150,000 tons of durian worth US$286 million (B9.117bn ), a year-on-year increase of 159%, Mr Pimchanok reported.
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