The first shipment of Cambodian mangoes to South Korea will be delayed after the exporter failed to meet sanitary and phytosanitary requirements in the Korean market.
Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said last week that the first shipment of Cambodian mangoes to the Korean market will have to wait because the exporter, Hyundai Corporation, did not pass an inspection conducted by South Korea’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) in March.
The minister was speaking at the launch of a packaging facility in Kampot built by banana exporter Longmate.
“Although Hyundai used the latest technology to treat its products, APQA did not allow the shipment,” he said.
“Everything needs to be prepared with great care before our agricultural goods can be shipped overseas.”
In December, Hyundai launched a 3-hectare fruit processing facility in Kompong Speu’s Phnom Srouch district. It can process up to 50,000 tonnes of fruit a year, including coconut, durian, and mangosteen.
The Korean company has teamed up with local mango producer Mao Legacy Co Ltd to plant mangoes on 2,400 hectares in Kampong Speu.
Cambodia also aims to start exporting mangoes, among other fruits, to the Chinese market.
According to Minister Sakhon, both countries will conduct negotiations in July to discuss the shipment of Cambodian mango, longan, dragon fruit, and bird nests.
“I have asked the General Directorate of Agriculture to work with China Certification and Inspection Company and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to speed up the process,” the minister said.