Pakistan commences export of mangoes to South Korea

Karachi, June 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has finally begun exporting to mangoes to South Korea for the first time. With the mango export advancing at a brisk pace, this comes as a welcome development. This development has come due to the efforts of Durrani Associates, PHDEC, TDAP and Pakistan Embassy in South Korea. An inauguration ceremony was organized today to mark the event.

Mr. Chang-Hee Lee, Consul General of South Korea in Pakistan thanked FPCCI and Durrani Associates for inviting him to Processing Facility of Durrani Associates, and informed those present that Korea is the 12th largest economy in the world and 4th largest in Asia.

He also emphasized the common ground between South Korea and Pakistan and assured those present to the continuity of friendly and co-operative trade relations between the countries. According to His Excellency Pakistan Mangoes are king of Fruits and he was very delightful with its taste and aroma, he wish good luck to Durrani Associates and promise them for full support in increasing the agriculture produce from Pakistan to Korea.

The quarantine inspector from South Korea, Ceong Wook Hong, was also present at the occasion. He have came from Korea for the Inspection of the first shipment. He said that South Korea has a very stringent quality control check policy for mango import.

The policy requires mangoes to be processed in 48 degrees Celsius for 65 minutes, to destroy all bacteria. He congratulated Durrani Associates from Pakistan on fulfilling this quality check, thereby being the first producer from Pakistan to export mangoes to South Korea. He termed the quality of Pakistani mangoes being ‘up to the mark’.

Abdul Qadir Khan Durrani, CEO Durrani Associates expressed hope in continued cordial trade relations between the two countries. He also said that South Korea was a very rewarding market for Pakistani fruits where importers were inclined towards value addition products. He hailed the opening of the Korean market as a landmark achievement, and expressed hope in doors opening to other fruits of Pakistan once mango reaches the Korean market.

Sohail Nisar, Chairman Pak-Korea Business Council of FPCCI emphasized the need for more interaction between the business communities of the two countries. He congratulated Durrani Associates on opening the gateway of mango export to South Korea.

Chairman Pak-Korea Business Council mentioned that Korea has demand for at least 12,000 tons of mango, which is currently being met through imports from a few countries. But the delicious, aromatic and different varieties of mangoes grown in Pakistan have no parallel.

He said despite a 30% duty on mango imports, the Pakistani fruit could have a good demand in the Korean market. He, however, called for swift processing of mango at the existing facilities.

Babar Khan Durrani vice chairman South Korea Business council and director durrani associate expressed confidence in the competence of Durrani Associates to rise up to the challenge of quality mango export. He hailed the export as a milestone which would increase Pakistan’s foreign reserves. He also said that the Korean market is rite for Pakistani exports, with a 500 ton export from Durrani Associates, a foreign reserve of $2 million USD will be generated.

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