The Government of Brazil announced that China, the country's main trading partner since 2009, had authorized the importation of Brazilian melons.
"This is an important moment because it is the first agreement reached for fruits with the Asian country," according to the Government's statement detailing this new achievement.
The ministry also stated that the Government of China would soon publish the list of farms and packing facilities authorized to export melons. In fact, technicians from China's General Administration of Customs (GACC) inspected melon-producing farms in Rio Grande do Norte and Ceara (northeast), the main melon producers in Brazil, between January 12 and 17 to verify that they were fruit fly free areas.
China is the world's largest consumer of melon. Brazilian melon exports are mainly sent to the United States, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Russia, and the European Union.