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Exporting Fresh Coconut to the US

31/08/2023 10:03

BDK.VN - On the morning of August 29, 2023, Mekong Fruit Company Limited, situated in Huu Dinh commune, Chau Thanh district, commenced the transportation of the first container shipment of coconut water coconuts for export to the United States. This marks the inaugural export of coconut water coconuts to the U.S. following the notification by APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) permitting Vietnam to export coconuts to this market in early August 2023.

Mr. Bui Duong Thuat, the Director of Mekong Fruit Company Limited, conveyed that with the reopening of the U.S. market for imports, the company seized the opportunity for collaboration and initiated the export of the first batch to this market, comprising 5 containers (equivalent to 100,000 coconuts). According to Mr. Bui Duong Thuat, the advantage of this market lies in its year-round stability, laying a solid foundation for the company's stable coconut water coconut export operations. For the company itself, re-entering this market for exports has facilitated a production increase of more than 10 containers per month (equivalent to 200,000 coconuts).

The exported coconuts to the U.S. are mature coconuts that have been husked and stripped of at least 75% (3/4) of their coconut fiber, fully removing the outer green husk layer. Prior to this, the U.S. had assessed the risk of pests and diseases related to fresh coconuts from Vietnam. The outcome was that among the 43 identified pest species on coconut trees, none possessed the capability to accompany young fresh coconuts exported from Vietnam to the U.S.

As per the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ben Tre province, Vietnam concluded negotiations with the U.S. in mid-August 2023. Consequently, the export of fresh coconuts to the United States will not necessitate specific planting area codes or packaging facility codes; solely phytosanitary inspections will be required. Businesses can promptly proceed with exports to the U.S. Therefore, the importation of coconuts into the U.S. will involve only a single phytosanitary inspection process, conducted at U.S. entry ports.


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