[ABC Rural, 12 May 2015] An edited extract of an article by Sarina Locke, titled, Vietnam given approval to export lychees to Australia, which was published on 12 May 2015, appears below.

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Twelve years after it first applied, Vietnam can now export fresh lychees to Australia.

The Department of Agriculture has approved the importation of irradiation treated lychees and will inform Australian importers of the decision today.

It comes just in time for Vietnam’s 2015 lychee harvest, which will commence in the next few weeks and last until the middle of July.

Consignments of Vietnamese lychees are permitted to be air or sea freighted to Australia and must be inspected on arrival.

The Vietnamese government is hoping this will be the first of many tropical fruits it can export, including mangoes and dragon fruit.

Head of Australia’s Lychee Growers Association, Derek Foley, from Electra, Queensland, said he was not worried about Vietnamese imports competing with local fruit.

“We’re not against the import of lychees, it won’t clash with our season, which is Christmas (time),” Mr Foley said.

“Australian lychee growers would like to see good quality lychees coming into Australia.”

…Vietnam has not indicated when it will resume imports of Australian fruit, worth $40 million a year, which were stopped in January, over fears of fruit fly.

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