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First lychee shipment heads for the US

Update: June, 08/2015 - 08:44
United States Department of Agriculture Robert Guillemot visits the lichee orchard in Thanh Ha District on Sunday. He later approves the quality of the packaging facility in the neighbourhood for packing US-bound fruits.  — VNS Photo Truong Vi
HAI DUONG (VNS) — The first bunches of fresh lichees, cultivated under strict Viet Gap regulations have been packaged at the packing facility in Thanh Ha District, home of the lichees in.Hai Duong Province.

Visiting the lichee farms yesterday, where the fruits are picked for no-pedestrians site packaging, United States Department of Agriculture Robert Guillemot, has signed the approval to allow the fruits to be ready for exports.

"We are happy to be the first packaging facility in the north of the country to get this approval," said Mai Xuan Thin, Rong Ðo, Red Dragon Ltd a fruit export company based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Alex Alexopoulos (left) , National Sales Manager of PanAsia Fresh, a company that distritutes imported fruits and vegetables to Coles and Sage Way supermarkets in Australia. He tells Ms. Nụ, orchard owner and Mr. Mai Xuân Thin, CEO of Red Dragon Fruits that he wants to import lichees from Viet Nam.— VNS Photo Truong Vi

The first lichee shipment of 2 tones shall be irradiated in the country's only facility. In HCMC, and if approved, it shall be transpopted by air to the US.

Further inspection shall be carried out in the US, before the fruits can be ready for US customers, but the initial steps have been positive.

The lichee season lasts for only two months a year and bumper harvest always led to lower prices hurting the farmers.

Another client from Australia also visited the farm yesterday preparing for his company's first shipment of 3 tonnes of lichees. Alex Alexopoulos, National Sales Manager of PanAsia Fresh, a company distributing to the Coles and Sage Ways supermarket chains in Australia.

Picking lichees at the Viet Gap farm in Thanh Ha District. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

On Wednesday, the Australian inspector will visit the farm and if it's approved, then the shipment will be subjected to two more checks before the products can be ready on the shelves in supermarket.

"If the first shipment goes through well, then we aim at importing 20 tonnes per week," he told Viet Nam News.

"We are negotiating on importing coconut to Australia and next year, we will import mangoes from ViEt Nam," he said. — VNS

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