Taiwan signs deal to export guavas to U.S. market

Taipei-Taiwan has signed a work plan with the United States on Thursday (U.S. time), establishing standards for the U.S. to begin importing Taiwanese guavas, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Friday.

The plan comes a week after an Oct. 17 announcement that the U.S. had formally authorized such imports.

According to a press release by the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, the plan sets standards for orchard management, collection and packaging, disease and pest control, import quarantine and inspections.

In an interview with CNA following last week's authorization announcement, Deputy Director-General Chou Hui-chuan (???) said the bureau's next steps were to sign the work plan and begin providing guidance to Taiwanese producers on meeting export requirements.

On Friday, the bureau announced those requirements for the first time, stating that guava producers wanting to export must apply for accreditation through the COA's Agriculture and Food Agency .

Applications for guava producers, as well as packaging factories, are now being accepted, the bureau said.

Though it did not provide a time frame, the bureau said it will work with producers to complete the accreditation process and begin exports to the American market as soon as possible.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel