Vietnam has granted access to Australian peaches and nectarines following the signing of a new protocol between the two countries. Negotiations had been ongoing for the past five years.
The protocol includes a systems approach for managing a number of pests, cold treatment for fruit fly and irradiation as an end-point treatment. Each of these measures can be used alone or in combination, such as a systems approach together with cold treatment, or a systems approach and irradiation at a set level. Orchards, packhouses and treatment facilities must be accredited to ship to Vietnam under the protocol.
The protocol is a boost to Australian growers and exporters, given Vietnam’s reputation as a market that pays a premium for high-quality fruit.