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RP’s Hass Avocado Export to South Korea (September 30, 2023)

Author: DA-AFID | 30 September 2023

The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI), through the National Plant Quarantine Services Division (NPQSD), commenced exports of Fresh ‘Hass’ Avocados with a ceremonial send-off at the KTC Port Tibungco, Davao City on September 30, 2023.

It was on September 25, 2009, when the Philippines, through the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), officially expressed its intent to export fresh Hass avocado fruits to Korea, responding to the request of Dole Philippines. The Department of Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) of the Republic of Korea and DA-BPI have reached a historic agreement on June 19, 2023 and came into effect as of September 8, 2023.

This marks the beginning of a fruitful trade relationship between the two nations as the people of South Korea can finally taste the creamy and nutrient-rich Hass avocados from the Philippines.

The initial shipment of 3,040 boxes, with an estimated value of US$ 48,433, is expected to arrive in Pyongtaek Port, South Korea on October 8, 2023. (Photos by: Jay-R Millanes, BPI-NPQSD)