Vietnam has now begun officially exporting its mangoes to the US market, after the US Department of Agriculture gave permission for the import of fresh mangoes from the Southeast Asian nation in 2017.

Mango has become the sixth Vietnamese fruit allowed to enter the US market, following dragon fruit, rambutan, lychee, longan, and star apple. To clear way to sell its mangoes in the world’s biggest economy, the Plant Protection Department applied for a licence in 2009.

Vietnam has exported mangoes to 40 countries over the world. Its main importers are China, European countries, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

To export fresh mangoes to the US, Vietnamese farmers, localities, and businesses have to meet strict requirements. The planting, processing, and packaging facilities must be granted codes for management and traceability by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the US Department of Agriculture.