Customs clears first two containers of Vietnamese durians officially exported to China

Monday, Sep 19, 2022 17:11

Durians are examined before being loaded on trucks for exports to China. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Dung

Customs procedures for two containers of Vietnamese durians exported to China were completed on Monday morning at Huu Nghi International Border Gate in the northern province of Lang Son.

This is the first of the 100 tonnes of durians harvested from Krong Pak in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak that are to be exported to China via an official channel, thanks to the phytosanitary protocols for Vietnamese fruits exported to China that have been signed between Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and China’s General Administration of Customs.

The official export of durian will help Vietnamese businesses gain access to this large market, and at the same time help businesses and farmers earn higher profits from this speciality fruit.

To achieve this milestone, durian growing areas and packing companies conducted serious preparations and underwent many stages of inspection by specialised agencies of the two countries to meet the requirements on the control of harmful organisms, food safety and hygiene, guaranteeing no residues of pesticides exceeding the permitted level, as well as strict compliance with packaging regulations and ensuring accurate traceability.

Dak Lak Province currently has more than 15,000 hectares of durian, making it the second largest area in the country after Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta.

China’s customs have approved and granted codes for four packaging facilities and 23 durian planting areas in Dak Lak (accounting for 45 per cent of the total codes granted for Viet Nam), with a total area of about 1,500ha.

Dak Lak’s durian output in 2022 is estimated at 170,000 tonnes and could reach over 300,000 tonnes by 2025. — VNS

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