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Five Initiatives to Accelerate Export Access for Fresh Durians from Malaysia to China

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 1, 2024 – The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) consistently ensures that high-value local fruits can be exported to foreign markets.

According to the Minister, Datuk Seri Haji Mohamad Sabu, in today’s Dewan Rakyat session, efforts to export fresh durians from Malaysia to China began on March 3, 2023, following the successful acquisition of market access for fresh jackfruit from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC).

To expedite the process of obtaining export access for fresh durians from Malaysia to China, MAFS and the Department of Agriculture (DOA) have taken the following initiatives:

1. Continuous negotiations with GACC.

2.Signing a Joint Statement between MAFS and GACC on October 6, 2023, to strengthen the commitment to accelerate market access for agricultural products, including fresh durians, to China.

3.Organizing an initial visit by GACC to durian farms in Melaka on October 7, 2023.

4.Hosting a Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) team from GACC to visit three selected durian farms in Tapah, Perak, as well as Batu Pahat and Tangkak, Johor, along with three selected packaging facilities in Raub and Bentong, Pahang, and Batu Pahat, Johor, from January 22 to 26, 2024.

5.Signing the Protocol for Phytosanitary Requirements for the Export of Fresh Durians from Malaysia to China between MAFS and GACC on June 19, 2024, during the official visit of Premier Li Qiang of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations.

    “With the establishment of this protocol, fresh durians are now exportable to China. Subsequently, MAFS through DOA, is finalizing the Phytosanitary Certificate format with GACC and submitting a list of existing farms and packaging facilities that have exported to China for GACC’s approval of fresh durian exports.

    Only durian farms and packaging facilities that apply and register with DOA, adhere to myGAP (Good Agricultural Practices) standards, and receive approval from GACC based on compliance with the specified conditions in the Protocol are allowed to export fresh durians to China.

    MAFS anticipates that the registration approval process with GACC will take approximately two (2) to three (3) months, and fresh durian exports are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2024.” said Mohamad¹⁵.

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