Pakistan makes first mango shipment to Japan

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KARACHI: Pakistan has made its first commercial shipment of 550kgs of mangoes to Japan following the lifting of a Japanese ban on Pakistani mangoes last year, said an official at the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).


Japan’s import market is relatively smaller, importing about 12,000 metric tonnes from the world. However, the Japanese authorities require a special vapour heat treatment of mangoes before importing the commodity.


“Japan is a high-value market where Pakistani mangoes could be sold at around $10-12 per kg, which is way above the prices obtained from other markets,” said TDAP official Usman.


“Pakistan has for the last two years availed the services of a Quarantine Officer of Japan, who comes to the country and supervises the treatment of mangoes before certifying their eligibility for export shipment to Japan.”


For this purpose, a small plant has been procured and installed by the government at Karachi Airport to facilitate the process. The government has also procured a commercial plant, which is likely to arrive in the country in the next month, with a capacity to process 15 tons per day.


For the purpose of its installation, a site near New Sabzimandi, Super Highway, Karachi has already been selected in consultation with the growers and the exporters of mangoes.


TDAP intends to procure a piece of land at the above site from the government of Sindh in order to install the plant on a immediate basis. The plant would become a common facility centre and provide services, against a nominal fee/processing cost to all the intending exporters of mangoes to Japan.

Courtesy:  The News

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