The first containers of Vietnam’s lychee will undergo irradiation treatment and be shipped to the United States and Australia in a few days, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Nguyen Huu Dat, Director of the Post-Export Plant Quarantine Centre No 2 under the MARD’s Plant Protection Department (PPD), said the Anh Duong Sao Company will ship their first consignments of lychee to the US on May 30.

Meanwhile, the first containers to Australia will be freighted on June 10 by the Rong Do Company.

More shipments are expected to follow, Dat said.

Hoang Trung, Deputy Head of the PPD, said that enterprises are completing necessary procedures, including inviting Australian and American experts to examine the quality of fruits, for exports.

Once going through to such tough markets as the US and Australia, Vietnamese lychee could enter other markets in the future, Trung added.

There are only four companies participating in collecting and exporting lychee to the US and Australia.

The total harvested output of lychees in the largest lychee growing provinces of Bac Giang and Hai Duong is likely to hit 200,000 tonnes in the 2015 crop, according to the MARD.

Of the total amount, 60 percent or 120,000 tonnes will be consumed domestically while the remaining 80,000 tonnes will be left for exports.

Besides the traditional Chinese market, Vietnamese lychee are expected to go to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, European countries, the US, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.-VNA