Exports of premium Taiwanese dates to Japan hitting new high

Dates are currently been harvested in Tainan, Taiwan. As a result of the local authorities’ efforts in exploring export opportunities, the products successfully entered the Japanese market thanks to their excellent quality, and this year, the export volume to Japan may reach a new high.

This year’s crop is scheduled to be shipped by air to Japan in mid-February, aiming for the high-end market. Each box weighs 2.5 kg and the local price is NT$2,000. It is estimated that the harvest this season will last through to April, and currently 10 tonnes have been exported to Japan, which is an increase of 38% over last year's total.

Tainan date exports to Japan hitting new high

Tainan has a planted area of 265 hectares, accounting for 14% of the total in Taiwan. The quality is stable and the fruit is sweet and delicious, so not only is domestic demand booming, but the export market has also been growing year by year.

Hu Zhong, Director of Agriculture and Food, said that the requirements for exporting agricultural products to Japan are very strict. Before each shipment, the production history must be attached, and it has to be confirmed that the fruits are not carrying pests or diseases.

Source: Nanxi News

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