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Canada relaxes quarantine standards for South Korean pears

In a statement last Sunday, Seoul's Agriculture Ministry revealed that Canada has eased quarantine standards for pear imports from South Korea. This most probably will enable this fruit to expand its presence in the North American market,

The produce of pear orchards, located within 200 meters of peach trees, has not been allowed to be shipped to Canada. Now, after 10 months of negotiations, both sides have agreed to remove the quarantine standards. Seoul assured Ottawa that it can handle pest control concerns raised and that the rule of not having other plants nearby is excessive.

According to, last year, South Korea shipped 345 tons of pears, worth $1 million, to Canada. This makes Canada the fifth largest export market, according to the Ministry. The US remains their number 1 destination, accounting for about 40 percent of Korea's pear exports.

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