An official from the China's quality-control watchdog said fruit from unregistered orchards or packaging plants will be barred from export starting November 1, state media reported. The requirement, a first for China, requires all exported fruits to come from registered orchards and packaging plants. The records of origin, volume and destination of each batch of fruit shipped must also be kept on record for at least two years by fruit exporters. Inspection and quarantine departments across the country are to advise orchards and packaging plants on the proper use of agricultural chemicals to prevent and control harmful organisms. Last year, China the value of the 3.7 million tons of fruit exported last year hit US$2.5 billion, up 22% year-on-year. The US, Japan and Russia are the country's top three trade partners, with apples, oranges and fruit juice as the major products.