FAO also estimates that world exports of fresh mangoes, mangosteens and guavas grew to 2 million tons in 2019, an increase of 23% over the previous year.
This places these products as the fastest growing group among the main tropical fruits in 2019.
The main driver of this strongly positive development is a nearly 90% expansion of Thailand’s exports, which are estimated to reach 480,000 tonnes in 2019.
Exports from Thailand country benefited from exceptionally rapid growth in import demand for mangosteens from China, and shipments increased by 265% year-on-year between January and October 2019, to a total of 289,000 tonnes.
Rising incomes and changes in consumer preferences in China can be considered primarily
responsible for this expansion, and the mangosteen is particularly sought after due to the purported health benefits of the fruit.
With an average export unit value of $ 1,300 per tonne for shipments from Thailand to China during the first 10 months of 2019, the mangosteen is among the most valuable tropical fruits available on world markets.