DURIAN FROM Davao City has broken through the US market with an initial 300 kilos ordered by an Oregon-based blogger and importer.
Candelario B. Miculob, chair of the Davao City Durian Industry Council, said the buyer, Lindsey Gasik, has been travelling around Asia tasting different durian varieties.
She expressed interest in importing vacuum-packed frozen durian from the city earlier this year.
Mr. Miculob said this partnership is “some kind of a breakthrough” that could prompt more exports to the US and other markets such as Europe.
“It’s not easy to enter the US market. In fact, you have to pass the strict requirements. We submitted documents, but since we have our facility and we already have been exporting to Japan, it was easy for us,” he told the media in a forum last week.
Products from the processing facility, which also handles other fruits like marang and lanzones, are also being exported to Singapore.
Mr. Miculob said each pack of 300 grams is priced at $69 for the US market.
“This (US) is a permanent market and the delivery depends on the level of the inventory,” he said.
“The challenge that we have now is maintaining the quality of our durian,” he added.
Durian producers are also awaiting a bilateral agreement between the Philippines and China that would include protocols for products such as frozen fruit.
“We are still waiting for the signing of the bilateral agreement for us to penetrate China. We have been asking for help from the national government and even the Consul General of the Philippines to China to fast-track the bilateral trade agreement,” he said. — Maya M. Padillo and Carmelito Q. Francisco