Aussies open door to VN mango


Australia has given the green light for Vietnamese fresh mango to be imported into the country after nine years of negotiations, making it the second Vietnamese fruit, after litchi, to be presenting in the demanding market.

The Việt Nam Trade Office in Australia said the first shipments of mango will arrive in Australia this month, with about 18 tonnes to be exported daily by Suối Lớn Mango Co-operative in southern Đồng Nai Province.

The co-operative negotiated and won agreements with two Australian partners to sell its mango products at supermarkets and wholesale markets in Australia.

Việt Nam applied for a licence to export mangos to Australia in 2009, with approval given after strict requirements of origin, packaging, pest control and disease were met.

To promote exports of Vietnamese mangos to Australia, the Vietnamese Embassy and Trade Office in Australia organised programmes to introduce the fruit to consumers and partners on the sideline of the Australia International Food Fair held in September 12-15.

On the occasion, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on supporting consumption of Vietnamese agricultural products, including fresh fruits, was signed between the Việt Nam Trade Office and the Việt Nam Business Association in Australia.