China's Shanghai increases sesame imports from Africa
Published Mar 14, 2023
SHANGHAI, March 13 (Xinhua) -- As of March 3, a total of 1,845 tons of sesame seeds were imported from Africa into Shanghai's Waigaoqiao Port this year, according to data released by Shanghai Customs on Monday. This figure indicated an increase of 4.3 times compared to the same period of the previous year. While Waigaoqiao serves as the main port of entry to Shanghai, China is currently the largest import market for African sesame. In the first two months of this year, sesame imports were mainly made from Mali, Togo, Mozambique, Niger and Tanzania. Wu Zhigang, owner of a grain and oil business in Kunshan city of eastern China's Jiangsu province, said that sesame imported from Africa is mostly used to obtain cooking oil, due to its high quality and low price. With increasing demand for sesame oil products in the Chinese market, Wu's company plans to increase imports to over 10,000 tons this year, while it imported over 3,000 tons of African sesame last year.
In the first two months of this year, Shanghai ports imported more than 40,000 tons of African agricultural products, including sesame, with an import value ...