Agriculture department awaits China's nod to export fresh durians

October 07, 2023 | The Star | Source

The Malaysian Agriculture Department is seeking approval from the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) to export fresh whole durian fruit to China. Currently, Malaysia can only export frozen durians, while Thailand and Vietnam can export fresh durians to China. Malaysia hopes to gain approval in 2022, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations. China, being a significant market for durians, particularly the Musang King variety, is the target for Malaysian exports. Almost 50% of Malaysia's durian plantations are Musang King, making it a popular choice. The GACC recently visited the Kafu Group Durian Eco Farm to observe farming practices, pest control, and post-harvest handling. If GACC approves, the Kafu Group is prepared to meet all requirements for exporting fresh durians to China. Currently, Kafu Group can export around 1,000 tonnes of frozen durians to China annually, with the potential for increased quotas if fresh durian exports are allowed.