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Vietnam to block Australian 2015 fruit imports

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Vietnam will stop importing fruit from Australia from next year because of insect issues, an official from the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed.

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The department will also stop granting plant quarantine certificates for Australian fruit from January 1, 2015, according to department head Nguyen Xuan Hong.

Hong attributed the import ban to the fact that fruits in Australia have been hit by Mediterranean Sea fruit flies, which could spread to Vietnam via the imports.

Australia is among the top five largest fruit exporters to Vietnam, besides China, the U.S., New Zealand, and South Africa. Vietnam mostly imports Australian cherries, apples, oranges, and grapes.

The Southeast Asian country purchased more than 2,000 tons of fruit from Australia in the first ten months of this year, according to the agriculture ministry.

The Vietnamese market is worth $40 million to Australia’s fruit exporting sector, according to ABC News.

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