Japan is expected to receive 40 to 50 percent more mangoes from Pakistan this year as the latter country was successful in recent negotiations. Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan, Imtiaz Ahmed, told The News that mangoes imports from Pakistan were a challenge this year due to the pandemic.
“However, we have been able to import them this year as well. Last year we worked hard and this year we intended to increase imports,” Ahmed said. “This year one of the major challenges was the availability of cargoes for imports, while another challenge was inspection.”
Ahmed said the importers arranged cargoes by a different airline. Import of Pakistani mangoes has not been affected at all and “we are heading towards our target, and this year 40 to 50 percent more Pakistani mangoes will be imported to Japan”.
Japan received the first consignment of Pakistani mangoes earlier last month. An inspection impasse was feared to result in zero imports compared to 120 tons a year earlier. The country exported 130,000 tons of mangoes across the world last year.