Cambodian mangoes stemming from a small group of approved packaging factories have been cleared for export to China. This is the result of recent improvements to the factories that allowed the fruit to pass China’s phytosanitary requirements. The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) officially approved five mango processing facilities and 37 mango plantations.
Last month, Chinese and Cambodian officials assessed several farms and processing facilities to gauge whether they were capable of producing mangoes fit for export to China. New technologies at the plants included water heat treatment and vapor heat treatments to effectively sanitize the fruits.
The two countries signed a free trade agreement (FTA) in October last year. Mango exports were expected to jump dramatically under the new trade pact. Before the FTA was signed, China set a quota for up to 500,000 tons of quality mangoes to be imported from Cambodia.