Vietnamese exotics supplier Anh Duong Sao made fresh produce history this month by shipping Vietnam’s first consignment of fresh longan by air to the US, the company said.
The fruit, which left Vietnam on 8 December, was USDA-Aphis certified, said Anh Duong Sao representative Tu Phan.
Leading market analysts are forecasting Vietnamese lychee and longan exports to the US will soar to over 1,800 tonnes annually following the USDA’s decision last September to accept certified product, according to press reports.
To gain US access, the fruit must be grown at a registered location and monitored by the Plant Protection Department, and each batch of product must have a certificate issued by the Plant Protection Department. The fruit must also comply with US pesticide residue limits.
Anh Duong Sao Co, headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, specialises in exporting exotic tropical fresh produce such as rambutan, longan, mango, coconut, pitahaya, dragon fruit, pomelo and passion fruit around the world. Markets include the EU, the Middle East, Asia and North America.
“We have a certified packinghouse and GAP farms to ensure our produce is safe and fresh,” says Phan