Pakistan to export cherries

The Ministry of National Food Security and Research has successfully resolved a long-pending issue of market access to China. After 12 years of waiting, Pakistani exporters can now export cherries to China from registered orchards and packhouses under the Department of Plant Protection (DPP).

This breakthrough came after the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) conducted a video inspection of quarantine procedures, as well as registered orchards, cold treatment facilities, and packhouses compliant with sanitary and phytosanitary measures. With this approval, cherries from 90 orchards and 15 cold treatment facilities & packhouses in Pakistan can be exported to China.

The Department of Plant Protection played a vital role in upgrading these facilities to meet GACC’s requirements, ensuring food safety, phytosanitary measures, quality, storage, and packaging. This achievement not only opens doors to more exports but also sets a precedent for future partnerships with international markets in Asia, Europe, the US, and Australia.

The Ministry is committed to upgrading more orchards and facilities, aligning them with global standards to secure a significant share in high-end markets worldwide. With quality standards in place, Pakistan is poised for a fruitful venture into the global cherry trade.

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