Japan’s import market is small ie they import about 12000 MT from the world; but its requirements are rather strict where they require a special vapour heat treatment of mangoes before importing the commodity. Japan is a high value market where Pakistani mangoes could be sold at around $10-12 per kg, which is way above the prices obtained from other markets. Pakistan has for the last two years availed the services of a Quarantine Officer of Japan, who comes to the country and supervises the treatment of mangoes before certifying their eligibility for export shipment to Japan. For this purpose, a small plant has been procured and installed by the government at Karachi Airport to facilitate above process.
In this regard, the government has procured a big commercial plant with the capacity of 15 tons per day which is likely to arrive in the country in the next month. For the purpose of its installation, a site near New Sabzimandi, Super Highway, Karachi has already been selected in consultation with the growers and the exporters of mangoes. TDAP intends to procure a piece of land at the above site from the government of Sindh in order to install the plant on expeditious basis. The plant would become a common facility centre and provide services, against a nominal fee/processing cost to all the intending exporters of mangoes to Japan.-PR