Pakistan’s sugar exports to China top $18 million in first half of 2023

Pakistan’s exports of sugars and sugar confectionery crossed $18 million in the first six months of 2023, according to data received from the General Administration of Customs of China, said Ghulam Qadir, Commercial Counsellor at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing. 

Qadir said that this export achievement this year demonstrates the country’s commitment to economic growth and trade diversification. The growing demand for Pakistani sweets in the Chinese market reflects the high quality and authenticity of these products, along with strengthened trade relations between the two nations.

“As Pakistan continues building on this success, there are bright prospects for further export growth and strengthened bilateral cooperation, heralding a sweet future for both countries,” he added.

Qadir explained that Chinese consumers have shown increasing interest in unique and exotic treats from around the world, and Pakistani sweets have become popular due to their rich flavors and traditional recipes. The authentic taste and stringent quality standards of Pakistani confectionery have established a niche market for these products in China.

He further said that exports of chemically pure sucrose (community code 17019910) to China remained at $18.11 million, while last year during the same period it was only $0.6 million. The total export of sugars and sugar confectionery to China reached $18.22 million from January-June 2023.

Qadir emphasized that to maintain their competitive edge in the Chinese market, Pakistani exporters have focused on stringent quality control and compliance with international standards. Adhering to Chinese government regulations is vital for the sustained success of exports. By prioritizing quality and safety, Pakistani exporters can build consumer trust in China and solidify their market position.