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Filipino produce continues to enter new markets

Tue 19/05/2020 by Richard Wilkinson
Filipino produce continues to enter new markets

The Philippines continues to open new markets around the world for its agri-food products, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. In just the last two months, the country has sent its first avocados to China, its first cocoa to Belgium, its first coconut milk to Russia. A 7.7-ton load of avocados was shipped by Dole Philippines from Davao to Shanghai on March 31st. The first shipment of avocados will be sold at the stores of supermarket chain Hema Xiansheng, owned by Alibaba, but there are plans to supply more stores in the future.

Speaking to sunstar.com.ph., director of the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), Senen Perlada, said: “Now is the time for Philippine agricultural products to thrive. The DTI-EMB will strengthen its coordination with the Department of Agriculture and DTI-Foreign Trade Service Corps to match supply with demand. In turn, DTI-EMB will capacitate existing and aspiring exporters for them to be able to comply with international standards.

“Covid-19 may lead to market access issues and non-tariff measures. It may be more difficult to comply with stricter regulations, certifications, external and domestic regulations. The DTI-EMB commits to assist exporters, especially micro, small and medium enterprises to comply with these requirements and introduce their products to the world.”

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