South Korean pears could be on sale in Mexico by September, after the plant health authorities of both countries signed an agreement on quarantine inspection rules.
According to a report in Korean news service KBS World, companies wishing to ship their pears to Mexico must register as an exporter at the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency prior to the fruit being harvested. They must also undergo inspections at their farms by plant quarantine officials to verify that they are free from pest and disease.
Mexican inspectors will also carry out visits to farms five to ten days prior to the pears being shipped.
Mexico will become the third market in Latin America to open its doors to South Korean pears after Chile and Peru. The US, Canada, Taiwan and Indonesia are South Korea’s biggest pear markets.