Fruit ex­ports to Ja­pan, South Korea record 50-per­cent growth fol­low­ing eas­ing of rules

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Ex­ports of Tai­wanese ly­chees, man­goes and dragon fruit to Ja­pan and South Korea more than dou­bled this year, thanks to re­lax­ations in those coun­tries’ qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments, ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of An­i­mal and Plant Health In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine.

The num­ber grew from last year’s 1,817 met­ric tons to this year’s 2,760 met­ric tons, the bureau said in a state­ment re­leased July 31, the date on which ex­port of these fruits to Ja­pan and South Korea ends each year.

Ex­ports of Tai­wanese man­goes to South Korea saw 94 per­cent growth this year, from last year’s 911 met­ric tons to a record-high 1,767 met­ric tons, said Feng Hai-tung (???), the bureau’s deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral.

Ex­ports to Ja­pan, on the other hand, have re­mained at a sta­ble level in re­cent years, said Feng. Ac­cord­ing to the bureau’s state­ment, Tai­wan ex­ported 803 met­ric tons of man­goes, 154 tons of ly­chees and 1.3 tons of dragon fruit to Ja­pan this year.

Feng at­trib­uted the re­sult to Tai­wan’s fruit prod­ucts meet­ing the re­quire­ments of Ja­pan’s and South Korea’s re­spec­tive in­spec­tion stan­dards for im­ported goods.

In the past, Tai­wanese fruit ex­ported to Ja­pan has been in­fested with Ori­en­tal fruit flies and melon flies. With the farmer’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­tec­tive mea­sures such as fruit-bag­ging, such in­ci­dents have dropped from last year’s 12 times to three times this year, Feng added.

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