PHILIPPINES: Banana growers, exporters urge government to expedite FTA with Seoul

Manila should expedite the forging of a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Seoul that would allow Philippine banana exports to enter South Korea at lower tariffs, and ensure that the country would not lose the East Asian market against South American competitors.     The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) issued the statement after […]

CHINA: Fruit, veggie imports from Vietnam up in first half of 2018

Vietnam gained 1.2 billion U.S. dollars from exporting fruits and vegetables to China in the first half of this year, seeing a year-on-year rise of 18.1 percent, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade on Thursday.   In the six-month period, China remains Vietnam’s top fruit and veggie export market, followed by the […]

VIETNAM: New Zealand’s import of rambutan a welcome boost to exporters

Rambutan is the third Vietnamese fruit after mango and dragon fruit to be exported to New Zealand. Việt Nam is also the first country to be licensed to export fresh rambutan to New Zealand. Entry to a demanding market such as New Zealand will provide Việt Nam the opportunity to tap other strict markets in […]

KENYA: How to produce export-worthy avocados

Avocado farming has become a big-league agro-enterprise with various market forces including border control, climate and global appetite for avocado favouring Kenyan producers.     The Hass avocado, a premium product in the Middle East and Europe has especially gained popularity in the ready-to-eat segment, with consumer appetite changing gradually from the green-skinned varieties to […]

INDONESIA: China-US trade war to affect exports, including mangosteens

A China-the United States trade war will affect Indonesia`s exports, Head of the International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia (FISIP UI) Evi Fitriani said.   “Most of Chinese raw materials are imported from Indonesia. The raw materials processed by China and those exported to the United States,” Evi Fitriani […]

VIETNAM: Rambutan exports to New Zealand will start soon

Vietnam has been given the green light to start exporting rambutans to New Zealand.       New Zealand’s ambassador Wendy Matthews made the announcement at a ceremony held by her embassy and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on Tuesday.   Rambutan will become the third fruit Vietnam exports to New […]

MALAYSIA: China may approve ruc bird’s nests, durian export

The Malaysian Embassy in China sees a strong possibility of Malaysia getting the approval for its raw-unclean (RUC) swiftlet edible bird’s nests and fresh durian, especially the ‘Musang King’, to enter China starting the middle of this year. Ambassador to China, Datuk Zainuddin Yahya, said the export approval for RUC bird’s nest and the whole […]

SAMOA: Banana exports breakthrough

Samoa can officially begin exporting fresh banana and plantains to New Zealand again.   The breakthrough comes under a new export plan the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries have agreed upon.     The good news for banana farmers come after a long hiatus since Samoa stopped exporting […]

CHINA: Peruvian flame mangoes a welcome arrival

Leading Peruvian supplier Camposol has teamed up with Dole China to introduce a line of Kent mangoes to the Chinese market.     Branded under the name Peruvian Flame Mangoes, the fruit entered the Asian nation in the lead-up to Chinese New Year celebrations. Dole is distributing the fruit through offline retail channels such as […]

USA: Vietnamese rambutan exports to resume

“Right now there is very little rambutan in the market since Vietnam is the main supplier this time of year and they have been on Lunar New Year holidays since Feb 15,” says Paul Armstrong of Los Angeles, Ca.-based RHA Group. “But we have started getting in shipments this week and getting back to normal.” […]

VIETNAM: Fruit trucks stuck at Chinese border

Up to 400-500 fruit-carrying trucks loaded with watermelons, dragon fruit, bananas and mangoes have arrived at the border gate each day; while China has allowed only around 250 trucks per day because of storage issues, leading to a 5 to 6-kilometre tailback at the border gate area.   Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nong Quang Tam, head […]

VIETNAM: Fruits of labor

After nine years of negotiations, good news came to Vietnam’s agriculture sector in September when dragon fruit hit shelves in Australia, making the country the first to be licensed to export fresh dragon fruit to the stringent market.   It represented a milestone in local dragon fruit conquering the world. The 600 boxes of about […]