Kazakh food products gain credibility in Chinese market
Kazakhstan delivered the first batch of camel milk powder to China. It took a week. The product meets the highest requirements. It has passed the strict quarantine procedures. Kazakh Association of Agricultural Exporters shipped more than 3.5 tons of camel milk powder. The deal was made as part of the agreements signed during the state visit of President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to China in September, 2019.
“We imported from Kazakhstan a large batch of camel milk powder, which is more than 7,000 cans. This milk is known for its healing properties. It boosts the immune system and heals the body. The price for the camel milk powder will be nearly 20 percent lower than the price at which it is sold on the Internet. In addition to milk powder, we also plan to import from Kazakhstan flour and a mineral water,” said Assistant General Director of a Chinese trade and investment company Zhang Shenfeng.
Last year, China imported food products worth more than US$150 billion (or 60.6 trillion tenge). Kazakhstan, in turn, received permission to export 18 types of products to China, including cereal, legumes, dairy products and meat. China considers Kazakh products as environmentally friendly and organic, that is why it is in demand there. In December 2018, the Kazakh Association of Agricultural Exporters delivered the first batch of frozen mutton to China. The association also opened a pavilion of Kazakh products in east China’s Yiwu city. It doesn’t plan to stop there and intends to develop further.
“There are plans to open the second Kazakh trading house in the Chinese city of Xian. The agreement was signed at the intergovernmental level during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Our association is working to increase the products range that has not previously been shipped from Kazakhstan,” shared Bauyrzhan Bakshilov, Head of the Kazakh association of agricultural exporters.
Kazakh goods can also be purchased in online stores of China. The large online shopping platforms offer tea, vegetable oil, sweets and chocolate – all made in Kazakhstan. Chinese consumers like to buy the Kazakh flour because they have no doubt in its high quality. The positive reviews on the Kazakh products written by the Chinese consumers in the comments sections of the online platforms prove that.