Vietnamese products enter Australia

Although Vietnamese fruits have been exported to dozens of global markets, including the EU and the US, it does not mean they can easily penetrate into the Australian market; this country requires a risk assessment process that could last several years.

The greatest challenge is Vietnam’s limited health inspection and the post-harvest storage capacity. Directly entrusted with the task of promoting fruit exports by the Prime Minister, Vietnamese Ambassador Luong Thanh Nghi had multiple meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Vietnamese trade mission in Australia. According to, when former PM Nguyen Tan Dung visited Australia in 2015, he also asked Australia to allow Vietnamese fruit exports into the country.

Good news arrived when the Australian Agriculture Ministry officially allowed the imports of fresh lychees from Vietnam. A few weeks later, the first lychee shipments from the growing regions of Luc Ngan and Thanh Ha arrived in Sydney and Melbourne.

After lychees, mangoes were also given a passport to Australia after seven years of negotiation. And recently the dragon fruit has also been accepted. With valuable lessons from lychee negotiations, later negotiations are expected to be increasingly streamlined, opening the way for passion fruits, star apples, longans, and rambutan.

Publication date: 2/20/2018


First Australian lychees heading into US markets this summer

The Australian Lychee Growers Association (ALGA) is looking forward to sending the first lychees to the US this summer.

ALGA president Derek Foley was in central Queensland this week for the association's annual meeting, talking to Capricorn Coast lychee growers about the upcoming season and the future of exporting lychees to the USA and China.

"In the first year of the three-year trial we weren't able to get any lychees into the US, and it's mainly being constrained by chemical usage," Mr Foley said.

"For instance, in Australia we have a certain number of chemicals registered for lychees and it's similar in the US … but the two lists don't line up."

Despite these road blocks, the association is optimistic of profitable new marketing opportunities for Australian growers.

"We live in hope, the US market is a massive market and we've got partners in the US who are wanting to import this fruit, that are highly motivated and highly excited about getting Australian lychees," Mr Foley said.

"I think any export destination is good for keeping the price of domestic fruit up, so we don't oversupply the market."

"It will shorten the supply up somewhat [of the domestic market] for good fruit, which will hopefully keep the price more buoyant for Australian growers but also a realistic price for consumers.

"We don't want to starve them of fruit, but we need a balance between international and domestic sales."

Breaking into the US market is looking promising, particularly after the long slog of 16 years of stalled applications for the export of Australian fruit into China.

"China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001, and once a country does that they have to secure their boundaries and have phytosanitary requirements," Mr Foley said.

"Lychees are a fruit that emanates from China so we're highly desired, but it's the protocol to get in there that is the stumbling block."