The first batch of Taiwanese guava exported to the United States has arrived, after a ferry trip of more than 20 days. These 13 tons of fruit will be available at supermarkets throughout the West Coast during the Lunar New Year holiday.
On Wednesday January 22nd, Taiwan’s Representative Office in Los Angeles invited US officials and lawmakers, as well as envoys in the US from Switzerland, Guatemala, and the Czech Republic, to take part in the “container-opening” ceremony at the base of Jan Fruits, Inc, the exporter of the guava.
Lin Li-fang, head of the newly established agricultural division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington, described the ceremony to welcome the guava as taking 10 minutes, while preliminary preparations might have taken 10 years. The guava became the fifth Taiwanese fruit to enter the American market, following lychees, carambolas, longans, and mangoes, said Lin. She added that the export of each Taiwanese fruit required long-term negotiations between the two nations.
According to taiwannews.com.tw¸ Taiwan was given the green light to sell its guava in the US last October, making it the second country to achieve that after Mexico.