A farmer harvesting mangos in Khanh Hoa province’s Cam Lam district (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has given permission to fresh mango fruit imports from Vietnam to the US, which will be effective from December 29. 

According to the Vietnam News Agency Television (Vnews), after analysing the potential plant pest risks, APHIS scientists determined that mangos from Vietnam can be safely imported under a “systems approach”.

APHIS defines the systems approach as a series of measures taken by growers, packers and shippers that together minimise pest risks prior to import into the United States.

In this case, APHIS explained that the systems approach for mangos from Vietnam included orchard or packinghouse requirements, irradiation treatment and port of entry inspection, to protect against the introduction of plant pests and diseases.

The agency is also requiring these mangos be imported in commercial shipments and accompanied by phystosanitary certificates verifying the fruit was produced under these conditions. These certificates must include an additional declaration stating the fruit was inspected and found free of black mango spots.-VNA