African products blossom in China as cross-border trade thrives

At 1 a.m. Nairobi Time in a Kenyan flower farm, workers are busy cutting some of the world's finest roses, characterized by their large flower heads, diverse varieties, and long vase life.

An hour later, the roses are loaded onto trucks near Lake Naivasha and then make their way south along the Great Rift Valley to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in the capital of Kenya, a renowned global flower-producing country.

By 3 p.m. local time, they are already on a flight operated by China Southern Airlines, with their destination 8,700 kilometers away in Changsha, central China.

At 7 a.m. Beijing Time, the fresh-cut flowers lie in a laboratory of Changsha Customs after a 12-hour cross-continental flight while customs staff meticulously inspect the sampled flowers.


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