Markets of the Gulf countries form a distinct opportunity for Bangladeshi agri exporters, but due to their lack of knowledge about food safety and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, regulatory compliances, and customer requirements, they are unable to capitalize on these opportunities.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID)-led Feed the Future Bangladesh Trade Activity will publish a guideline on food safety requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed food to gulf countries. The Activity validated the content of a guidance document with input from food business operators, regulatory bodies, academicians and trade associations Monday.
The first two Easy Export publications focused on Bangladesh's regulatory requirements for exporting fresh fruits and vegetables and exporting food products to the European Union. Many small and medium enterprises, universities, and exporters are using the guidelines to open new export markets.
The third Easy Export publication elaborates detailed guidelines on complying with Gulf countries' food safety standards.