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Vietnam to take initiative in monitoring lychee export to Japan

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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May 15, 2021 | 08:21

Japan has authorised Vietnamese officers to replace their Japanese counterparts and directly supervise batches of lychee exports, said director of the Plant Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Vietnam to take initiative in monitoring lychee exports to Japan
Batches of lychee exports must be sterilised prior to being exported to Japan.

According to VNA, Vietnam will take the initiative in related technical processes and working schedules. Everything is in place to carry out the task immediately, Director Hoang Trung affirmed.

Together with localities and businesses, the department can immediately agree on working schedules, reducing time and cost and enabling them to determine working hours, Trung explained.

Given the fact that Japan is one of the most fastidious markets in the world with strict requirements, he underscored that this is a foundation for Vietnam not having to depend on Japanese experts in the future, in regard to not only lychees but also other fruit.

The department has arranged for sub-departments to monitor the two northern provinces of Bac Giang and Hai Duong - both lychee-growing areas - and provide the resources needed to support the localities and their businesses at all times.

Lychee is the fourth fruit from Vietnam which has successfully entered the Japanese market, following dragon fruit, mango and banana.

Any batch of fresh lychee with pesticide residue exceeding Japan’s regulations will be returned or destroyed even if treated with fumigation.

Vietnam to take initiative in monitoring lychee exports to Japan
Barcodes and stamps showing geographical indication granted to lychee grown in Hai Duong's Thanh Ha district for exports. Photo: VNA

Bac Giang is home to 219.45 ha of lychee orchards serving export to Japan that produce about 1,860 tonnes annually. Five businesses are involved in purchasing and exporting local lychees to the north Asian country.

Meanwhile, the harvest from 500 ha of lychee orchards in Hai Duong is designated for export to the US, Australia, and Japan.

The department will send experts to supervise the work on-site as well as quarantine forces to issue papers and seal the batches on the spot.

In the last days of June, 2020, the first batch of fresh lycheefrom Vietnam exported to Japan was officially sold at AEON's distribution system, including across 250 general department stores, AEON supermarkets and AEON Style shops around the country.

That was the first time Vietnamese fresh lychee had been exported to the Japanese market and AEON was the first retailer selling and introducing Japanese consumers to one of Vietnam’s favourite fruits./.

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