Domestic and overseas companies actively preparing as Australia completes procedures for licensing the import of Vietnamese mangoes.
The Australian Government is completing procedures to allow Vietnamese mangoes to be imported into the country, according to the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia.
To facilitate the appearance of Vietnamese mangoes on Australian shelves as soon as the license is issued, the trade office is quickly conducting market research and connecting Australian partners with Vietnamese producers.
The number of Vietnamese in northern Australia is quite small, at about 900 people, but they supply about 30 per cent of tropical fruit and vegetables to the country. Mangoes from northern Australia account for 50 per cent of all mangoes in the country.
In 2013 the Vietnamese Farmers Association in North Australia was established, with 100 Vietnamese farming households. They set up mango brands such as Vina Mango and T.V Farms, Binh Duong Farm, and Sai Gon Farm.
The association also committed to supporting the import and distribution of Vietnamese mangoes to the Australian market at its meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Luong Thanh Nghi, and the Head of Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hoang Thuy, on April 4.
Last year, after 12 years of waiting, Vietnam received approval from Australia’s Department of Agriculture to export lychees to the market.
As part of preparations, the Hanoi Irradiation Center is available for irradiation services for the export of the fruit from northern Vietnam this year.
The center is under a $909,000 fund of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to meet demand in fruit exports. Northern fruit exporters not only save a great deal of time in no longer having to transport the fruit to the south of Vietnam for irradiation services but also save from VND15 million ($672) to VND20 million ($897) per tonne.