Japan opens market wider to Taiwan-grown dragon fruit

June 20, 2024 | Focus Taiwan |

Japan has approved the import of all types of Taiwan-grown dragon fruit, including red, purple, and red/purple varieties. Previously, only white-flesh dragon fruit was permitted. The decision follows eight years of negotiations and the successful passing of Japanese quarantine exams. Dragon fruits must undergo vapor heat treatment to eliminate pests before export. Japan's approval increases market opportunities for Taiwan, which already exports 11 types of fresh fruit to Japan. In 2023, Taiwan exported nearly 18,000 metric tons of fruit to Japan, making it Taiwan's largest fruit importer. Taiwan-grown dragon fruit is also exported to several other countries, including Canada and Singapore.

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