The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina has confirmed that the Department of Agriculture of Thailand (DOA) has published in its local Official Gazette the phytosanitary conditions necessary for the import of Argentine grapes and cherries.
The opening of this market began in 2017, when officials from the Asian country visited national plants to audit the export control system for fruits. On that occasion, the delegation visited the fruit production areas, where it verified the implementation of the Fruit Fly Eradication and Control Program (Procem) and verified the phytosanitary certification procedures for both productions. It also audited production facilities, packing plants and refrigerators in Rio Negro, Mendoza and San Juan, and also visited laboratories of the official network, the production bioplant of sterile insects, sanitary barriers and verified urban traps and production areas.
The opening of the Thai market is significant and represents an opportunity for Argentina, given that Thailand imported 867 million dollars in fruit (fresh and dried) in 2018, of which 148 million corresponded to fresh grapes and 16 million to cherries.
In 2018, Argentina exported 488 million dollars in agro-industrial products to Thailand. In fact, between January and July 2019, national agro-industrial exports to that destination reached 349 million dollars (3% more than in the same period in 2018).