Pakistan to export cherries to China after 12 years

Pakistan to export cherries to China after 12 years

Minister of National Food Security and Research, Tariq Bashir Cheema, said that the government had succeeded to resolve 12 years long pending issue of market access of cherries exports from Pakistan to China.

General Administrations of Customs China (GACC) confirmed the Department of Plant Protection (DPP), Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), that Pakistani businessmen could export cherries to China from DPP registered orchards and Packhouses, said a news release issued here.

“This marks a huge success towards boosting exports of Pakistani cherries and the overall economy of the country”, he added.

Bringing exports quality to global standards was the prime factor behind this success.

This market access request was pending since 2012, it added. However, GACC after video inspection of quarantine procedures, registered orchards, cold treatment facilities and Packhouses registered with DPP with respect to sanitary and phytosanitary measures, allowed export of cherries in accordance with agreed protocol.

Tireless efforts including guidance, repeated technical compliance audits were put in this direction by DPP to ensure and enable these orchards and facilities to export cherries through improvement in food safety and phytosanitary measures besides quality, storage and packaging.

Now, 90 cherry orchards and 15 cold treatment facilities and Packhouses can export cherries to China.

Source: News Pakistan

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