[Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 April 2015] Vietnam Net Bridge reports that that Australia will permit the importation of lychees from Vietnam. Below is an edited extract from the paper’s Business in Brief section, dated 24 April 2015.

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has opened door to Vietnam’s litchi (lychees) to penetrate the market.

Australia has become the second demanding market for Vietnam’s fresh litchi, which is trailed by the US.

According to the Plant Protection Department (PPD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), 2015 will be the first year Vietnam exports fresh litchi to the US and Australia, helping to diversify export markets.

The PPD has granted codes to 10 qualified specialized areas to export litchi to the US and Australia.

The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association (Vinafruits) said this is a good news for Vietnam’s fresh fruits, particularly litchi as the fruits produced in specialized areas in Hai Duong, Hung Yen and Bac Giang provinces are often stockpiled in peak season.

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