After 10 years, the Philippines restarted exporting fresh mangoes to Australia
The initial shipment on September 6 was for 1,500 kilograms of Carabao mangoes
Hi-Las Marketing Corp shipped the mangoes to Sydney and Perth
After 10 years, the Philippines started exporting fresh mangoes again to Australia, with an initial shipment of 1,500 kilograms of Carabao mangoes on September 6.
Grower, exporter and processor Hi-Las Marketing Corp shipped the fresh mangoes to Sydney and Perth on a Philippine Airlines flight.
Previously, only dried mangoes were exported to Australia.
“The export of fresh mangoes to Australia is a milestone achievement for our agricultural sector. The meticulous planning, rigorous adherence to international quality standards, and continuous efforts of our farmers and exporters have culminated in this momentous occasion,” Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) director Gerald Glenn Panganiban said in a statement.
Panganiban said this “opens new horizons” for the country’s agricultural produce and strengthens the bonds of international trade.
“With this commencement of the export to Australia, we hope that we are able to ship more of our good quality products across the globe para bumalik ulit tayo sa merkado (so we can return to the market). We’re very thankful for the opportunity that we are able to penetrate some new foreign market again. Hopefully, this will result in higher export volume,” said Hi-Las Marketing president and chief executive officer Roberto Angelo Amores II.
Since 2016, protocols have been in place for the export of mangoes to Australia. The Specific Commodity Understanding, an arrangement document for the importation of fresh mango fruit from the Philippines to Australia under Australia’s Biosecurity Act 2015, has also been amended and updated throughout the years to include export opportunities for Filipino mango farmers.
The Philippine Embassy in Australia earlier reported the export of fresh mangoes as early as June 2023.