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Mango shipment leaves for US in next few days

Mango shipment leaves for US in next few days
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First Published: Thu, Apr 12 2007. 02 47 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 12 2007. 02 47 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Indian mangoes are all set to be shipped to the American market in the next few days after the US allowing import of the delicious fruit.
“Indian mangoes are just a few days away from the shipment,” U.S. trade representative Susan Schwab said on 12 April.
Schwab, who is here for co-chairing the India-US trade policy forum and attending the G-4 and G-6 meetings of the World Trade Organisation said she is “looking forward” to see Indian mangoes sold in the US market.
Lifting of the ban on export of mangoes to the US was among the major successes of the trade policy forum which was announced 18 months ago by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President George Bush.
“The US has ministerial-chaired forum only with the EU, China and India,” US deputy trade representative Karan Bhatia said. Bhatia, who is of Indian origin, said India is among the high priority countries for enhancing the US trade.
“We want to double our trade within three years,” Bhatia said. The present bilateral trade is about $30 billion (Rs1,28,712crore).
Schwab said, besides mangoes, bilateral almond trade would also be opened because of efforts of the forum.
According to the US-India Business Council Indian mangoes would dominate the 2.50 lakh tonne US market once the export picks up.
“Since the news about the possibility of import of Indian mangoes to the US appeared, we have been getting frequent queries from speciality grocery stores as well as transporters,” USIBC spokesperson said.
For present the Mexican variety of mangoes dominate the US market.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 12 2007. 02 47 PM IST