A shipment of 6 tons of fresh lychee from Luc Ngan, Bac Giang, Viet Nam has been successfully imported into EU by sea for the first time

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       After more than 5 weeks,a shipment of fresh lychee from Viet Nam imported by LTP Import Export BV, arrived at the port of Rotterdam on August 1with unexpected results: lychee still has pink colour, fragrant, sweet taste and thick pulp. The shipment of 6 tons of fresh lychee has passed the strict inspection steps of the Dutch Customs before clearance and brought to cold storage for preservation before being transported to the distribution channels of the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway… This is a great effort of Vietnamese and Dutch businesses, with the determination to bring Vietnamese fresh fruit to EU market in the context of the complicated epidemic situationin Vietnam, the shipping cost is very high. Every stageof the whole process from selecting varieties, planting until coming to consumers are invested in a methodical manner by the concerned parties. In particular, post-harvest preservation technology, packaging specifications to keep lychee fresh for 45 days when transported by sea are extremely important stages. Fresh lychees are sold at Asian supermarkets in the EU for 13.5 EUR, one third cheaper than shipping by air. This is a good sign to pave the way for other Vietnamese fresh fruits to be sustainably exported to EU in the coming years.

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