First Cambodian mango exports to South Korea officially launch

Hyundai Agro, a South Korean based company, announced on Wednesday that it will begin the official export for the first consignment of Cambodian fresh mangoes to its home country market next week.

Chang-Hoon Lee, managing director of Hyundai Agro, told Khmer Times that his company will send both yellow and green mangos weighing between 5 to 20 tonnes every day to the market from 15 January onwards.

The Cambodian mangoes will be exported belong to the variety Keo Romeat.

He said now many Korean supermarkets are waiting for the Cambodian fruit. “However, we are approaching very carefully because there are not only Cambodia mangoes, but also seven nations’ mangoes that have been distributed in Korean markets. First impression are very important,” he emphasised.

To reach the market, according to Mr Chang, the company will send the fruit via air and ship.

It is my big concern that Cambodia logistic fees are very high when comparing to others. “But we have already negotiated with an air transportation company with a strategic fee to get in the market, and I am very satisfied with that fee that could be competitive with other nations,” he added.

The company’s signed contracts with 23 farmers in Kampong Speu and Kapot, and through the scheme allows to first collect 3,800 tonnes of fresh mangoes from them.

“We will send mangoes to Korea with from our own farm and through contracted farming, because we have to send every day volumes, so we need many farms to boost our supply,” he pointed out.

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