(VNF) - Fresh mango fruit imports from Vietnam have been allowed to enter the US from December 29 on, announced head of the Vietnam Trade Office in the U.S. The approval is one of many positive outcomes stemming from the official visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Vietnam during the 2017 APEC Leaders’ Week in Da Nang City last month.
According to the Viet Nam News Agency Television, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has given permission for fresh mango fruit imports from Viet Nam to enter the US, effective December 29.
After a thorough analysing process on the potential plant pest risks, APHIS has declared that mango from Viet Nam can be safely imported under a “systems approach”.
Mangoes will become the sixth Vietnamese fruit to be exported to the United States. — Photo vov.vn
PHIS defines the systems approach as a series of measures taken by growers, packers and shippers that together minimise pest risks prior to import into the United States.
In this case, APHIS explained that the systems approach for mangos from Viet Nam included orchard or packinghouse requirements, irradiation treatment and port of entry inspection, to protect against the introduction of plant pests and diseases.
The agency is also requiring these mangos be imported in commercial shipments and accompanied by phystosanitary certificates verifying the fruit was produced under these conditions. These certificates must include an additional declaration stating the fruit was inspected and found free of black mango spot.
With this appoval, mango has become the sixth Vietnamese fruit allowed to enter the U.S. market, following dragon fruit, rambutan, lychee, longan, and star apple./.
( VNF )