14 July 2022, VN: On the afternoon of July 7, the Plant Protection Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) held a conference titled “Announcing the official pilot export of passion fruit to the Chinese market and training related regulations”.
After a long time of negotiation, the Plant Protection Department has reached an agreement with the General Administration of Customs of China on the application of phytosanitary measures for pilot export of official passion fruit to the Chinese market.
Speaking at the opening of the Conference, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, Deputy Director of the Plant Protection Department, said that since 2016, the Plant Protection Department has started the negotiation process to open the export market to China.
Over the past 6 years, the two sides have actively coordinated to facilitate the process of pest risk analysis and information exchange to reach an agreement on phytosanitary requirements for passion fruit imported into China.
Up to now, the General Department of Customs of China has approved the pilot import of Vietnamese passion fruit from the beginning of July 2022.
Thus, passion fruit is the tenth fresh fruit of Vietnam allowed to be imported into China, along with dragon fruit, watermelon, lychee, longan, banana, mango, jackfruit, rambutan and mangosteen.
According to the agreement on phytosanitary requirements for Vietnam’s passion fruit, in the immediate future, the General Department of Customs of China will allow the import of fresh Vietnamese passion fruit through 7 border gates in Guangxi province (China).
In addition to the phytosanitary requirements before export, the General Administration of Customs of China recommends that passion fruit growing areas and packing facilities be registered and approved by the General Administration of Customs of China and the Food Protection Administration.