17:12 | 14/04/2016 Trade
Australian agencies are finalising procedures to allow the import of Vietnamese mangoes into Australia from 2016, according to the Việt Nam Trade Office in Australia.
A farmer harvesting mangoes in Khánh Hòa Province’s Cam Lâm District. Vietnamese mangoes were expected to be exported to Australia this year - VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyết
That was good news for Vietnamese farmers as well as enterprises trading in fruit products, the office said. Now, the office has implemented market research and connected with Australian partners to prepare export activities of Vietnamese mangoes to Australia soon after receiving the licence.
On April 4, 2016, on the sidelines of the visit to North Australia made by ASEAN ambassadors, Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Lương Thanh Nghị, and Head of Việt Nam Trade Office in Australia Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Thúy, had a meeting with the executive committee of Vietnamese Farmers Association in North Australia, which is committed to support the import and distribution of Vietnamese mangoes in the Australian market.
Irradiation in the north
In a related development, the HaNoi Irradiation Centre is ready to implement irradiation services for fruit exports this year. It has been upgrading equipment to reach international standards for irradiation of fruit products.
Since the end of 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and MST have provided VND20 billion (US$909,000) in funds to improve the centre and equip it with irradiation services for fruits due to the high demand on exporting local fruit products to many foreign markets, such as the United States and Australia.
Hoàng Trung, deputy head of department, said the Hà Nội Irradiation Centre has been upgrading completely and that would ensure a great opportunity for the export of fruit products in the north of Việt Nam, especially lychees and longan.
That meant the fruit export enterprises would not transport their products to the South for conducting irradiation activities as before and would therefore save between VND15 million and VND16 million per tonne of fruit in terms of transport and time.
So far, there have been five companies who registered for the irradiation services in the centre for export lychees and longan this year, Trung said.
The department said that in the long term, together with irradiation services, the enterprises should ship export products to foreign markets by sea via Hải Phòng Port in large volumes and preserve fresh fruit products in cool containers to retain the freshness and quality of products./.