The total volume represents a 16.88% increase year-on-year, while its import value is another 17.96% jump over 2016, according to the latest data released by the Chinese General Administration of Customs.
A breakdown by geological consumption within Chinese provinces and cities showed that China’s southern Guangdong province, bordering Hong Kong and Macau, proved to be the most valuable provincial wine market with US$909 million worth of wine imported by value last year, followed by Shanghai at US$735.5 million.
Zhejiang came as a far third with US$189 million, ahead of Fujian province (US$136.3 million), Beijing (US$136.1 million), Tianjin (US$124.6 million), Shandong (US$111.6 million), Jiangsu (US$79.7 million), Liaoning (US$34.9 million) and Sichuan (US$20.1 million).
In terms of country of origin, France still dominates, but its growth rate has slowed down, especially compared with New Zealand, the US or Australia.
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