10:58 | 20/06/2016 Trade
(VEN) - One of Vietnam’s major fruits has a huge opportunity to increase export revenues following Australian agreement to permit imports, while Chinese Taipei is considering re-opening its doors for dragon fruit imports.
Dragon fruit export earnings are expected to soar in the near future
Entering Australia soon
The Vietnamese Trade Office in Australia reports the country is currently considering the import of fresh dragon fruit. The move follows efforts made by the Vietnamese government for the fruit to meet Australian pest and disease control measures. In the short run, the two sides will evaluate risks including sending Australian experts to dragon fruit farms in Vietnam. A draft report on risks will be made public by the end of this year in order for all partners to contribute their opinions.
Australia is accelerating the approval of other Vietnamese fresh fruit imports
Litchi was the first Vietnamese fruit to get a license to enter Australia. After 12 years of negotiations, the first orders of fresh litchi exports to Australia were made in June 2015. After litchi, Australia has also completed a risk evaluation on Vietnamese mangoes in November 2015 and is filling trade agreements in order to import the fruit in the near future.
If approved, dragon fruit will become the third Vietnamese fruit to enter Australia. This is good news for Vietnam as apart from Asia, the fruit has struggled to enter hard-to-please markets like Australia, Europe , and Japan. Once entering Australia, Vietnamese dragon fruit will have great opportunities to expand to other countries.
Chinese Taipei re-opens market
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Protection Department, Chinese Taipei recently announced that they have allowed the sale of Vietnamese white-flesh dragon fruit from June 1. This is also good news for dragon fruit farmers and exporters as Chinese Taipei has great potential.
The Plant Protection Department also said that after long negotiations in an effort to remove technical barriers in terms of plant quarantine, the department and the Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) agreed on a number of regulations. Chinese Taipei requires that dragon fruit must be heat-treated to kill pests before export. Chinese Taipei experts will come to Vietnam to monitor the fruit treatment process, together with Vietnamese plant quarantine officials.
Prior to that, Vietnam exported about 10,000 tonnes of dragon fruit to Chinese Taipei per year. However, Chinese Taipei has not imported Vietnamese dragon fruit since 2008 due to fruit flies which might live in the fruit.
Dragon fruit is one of major Vietnamese fruit exports. The country sold abroad more than one million tonnes of dragon fruit to 14 countries in 2015 accounting for 80-85 percent of total production. Vietnam’s major dragon fruit export markets currently include Asian countries, with China being the largest market.