The Philippines will start shipping fresh mangoes to Australia starting June, the Philippine Embassy in Canberra announced citing arrangements being made by the exporter and importer and through the assistance of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Sydney (PTIC Sydney) and the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry-National Plant Quarantine Services Division (BPI-NPQSD).
Since 2016, protocols have been in place for the export of mangoes to Australia and the Specific Commodity Understanding (SCU), an arrangement document for the importation of fresh mango fruit from the Philippines to Australia under the Biosecurity Act 2015 have been amended and updated throughout the years to include export opportunities for mango farmers in the whole Philippines except Palawan, according to BPI-NPQSD.
For many years, Australian’s haven been enjoying dried mangoes which has become a popular healthy snack in Australia. It is now time for Aussies to enjoy our much beloved fruit in the Philippines,” Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega said.
De La Vega said the Philippines produces mangoes all year around, while Australia produces its own mangoes for only certain months of the year, from September through April. The winter season is the best time to make this available in the market to ensure Filipinos and Australians alike are able to enjoy this beloved fruit from the Philippines all year round.
“Australia has always been supportive of our efforts to improve our agricultural trade, particularly the exports of mangoes. In 2018, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) provided AUS$1.1 million grant funding to a 4-year project which passed on farming technology that improved mango quality and size for Davao farmers,” Philippine Trade Representative to Australia Alma Argayoso said.
Argayoso noted there has been interest in mango exports in recent years, but plans have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, arrangements are being made possible by FastboxPh, a Sydney-based e-Commerce and logistics provider and 1Export, a one-stop platform for cross border trade and fulfillment services. Pre-ordering of mangoes is available at Philippinemango.com.au.
“Our mission is to work with government authorities and industry partners to bring to Australia the best and highest quality Filipino products and help lift trade between our two countries,” Argayoso added.