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Vietnam the first permitted to export dragon fruit to Australia

Released at: 19:05, 29/08/2017

Vietnam the first permitted to export dragon fruit to Australia

Illustrative image (Source: vietdragonfruit.com)

Approval given by Australian authorities on August 24 with a host of conditions to apply.

by My Van

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Australia officially approved the import of dragon fruit from Vietnam on August 24, making it the first country to gain such approval.

To guarantee conditions for exporting fresh dragon fruit into Australia, the Vietnam Trade Office in the country has advised Vietnamese exporters to apply for a valid permit issued by Australia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Prior to being exported, the dragon fruit must be quarantined by the Vietnam Plant Protection Department and issued with a certificate of non-insect control under bio-safety control (quarantine) conditions. The dragon fruit must be produced in and exported from Vietnam in accordance with the relevant conditions and programs.

The process for transporting fresh dragon fruit from Vietnam to Australia must be subject before shipment to heat-vapor method for 40 minutes at 46.5C, with at least 90 per cent humidity, at a processing agency approved by the Plant Protection Department. Any shipment without a complete plant quarantine certificate or inconsistent documentation will be retained until the Australian Department of Agriculture has consulted with the Plant Protection Department.

Packaging containing dragon fruit must be made from synthetic materials or highly-processed vegetable materials. Packaging should not include unprocessed vegetable materials such as straw. Individual cartons or packaging must be labeled with a unique identifier to facilitate traceability.

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources may sample and quarantine any shipments at the first port of entry. The dragon fruit is not allowed to be transported by air or by road until the consignment is cleared at a biological safety check point. If consignments are found to have live insects posing a bio-safety risk, the consignment must be disposed of, re-exported, or destroyed. The cost of any requested action is to be paid by the importer. In particular, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources may review import policies at any time after the commencement of trade or when pest and disease control in Vietnam is altered.

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