Mango export to US moves a step further

American firms to get import permits by month-end.


Express May 07, 2011

KARACHI:


The initiative to export mangoes to the United States has moved a step forward as all importing companies in the US will have permits from the Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) by the fourth week of May, which will enable them to import the fruit.


Harvest Tradings CEO Ahmad Jawad, in a press release on Friday, informed that about 1,483 growers across Pakistan had been trained by USAID in enhancing production of mangoes and increasing exports during the upcoming season.

Jawad said that since this was going to be the first export shipment of Pakistani mangoes to the US, APHIS, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had sent extensive requirements and regulations.

According to the compliance agreement with USDA, the exporters are required to develop packaging and send for approval to USDA and Sadex Corporation.

Pakistan produces more than 100 varieties of mangoes and exported 85,000 tons last year. The European Union and the Middle East are big importers of Pakistani mangoes.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2011.

COMMENTS (1)

Ahmer | 10 years ago | Reply India grows over 1000 varieties and dominates the EU / Middle East markets. It has opened up the US market for South Asian varieties in the last four years. We will have to compete hard with their varieties such as Alphonso (Hapoos) and the famed Ratnagiri / Devgad variants. There is a real opportunity for us to compete, and take a fair share of these markets from the Indians. These are the kind of initiatives that the Government of Pakistan should be assisting, across all sectors of our economy. Instead of spending, 50% of our budget money, on buying weapons and expanding a worthless nuclear arsenal, that will soon be an albatross, around our proverbial national neck.
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