Vietnam’s Luc Ngan lychee is granted the protection of geographical indications in JapanAAA IPRIGHT2
On December 15, 2019, after more than 5 years of negotiation between the two countries, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan has sent a letter to the Plant Protection Department announcing that the Vietnamese lychees have been granted the GI certificate in Japan. This means that this type of lychees in Bac Giang province can be exported directly to Japan. Throughout history, this is the first Vietnamese product to be granted a geographical indication certificate in Japan.
On March 16, Bac Giang Provincial People’s Committee said that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan has officially granted protection of geographical indications for Luc Ngan lychee litchi in Bac Giang province.
Previously, the lychee trademark was also successfully protected in China, Laos, Cambodia, Korea, Singapore, Australia and consumed in many countries around the world.
Phytosanitary requirements for Vietnamese lychee fruits exported to Japan
+ Luc Ngan litchi fruit must be grown in gardens that are inspected, supervised, and issued by the Department of Plant Protection and assigned a planting area code, meeting Japan’s regulations on plant quarantine and food safety.
+ Export litchi fruit batches must be packed and fumigated with Methyl Bromide at facilities authorized by the Department of Plant Protection and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan with a minimum dose of 32g/m3 for 2 hours, under the supervision of Vietnamese and Japanese plant quarantine officers.
+ The batches of lychee fruit exported for trading must be accompanied by the Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the Department of Plant Protection.
Expert opinions regarding this milestone in IP
According to Mr. Le Ba Thanh – deputy director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bac Giang province, the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan granted a protection certificate for geographical indications for Luc Ngan litchi affirms that Luc Ngan litchi is the only product protected in Japan.
“The granting of geographical indication protection will create favorable conditions for Luc Ngan lychee to export to Japan and expand consumption into other markets with similar strict import regulations”, Mr. Thanh express.
In 2021, the litchi area of the whole Bac Giang province is expected to reach about 28,000 ha, the output is expected to reach 160,000 tons. In which, the area of lychee produced according to VietGAP standards of the province is expected to reach over 15,000ha, GlobalGAP area is 338ha.
“For litchi exported to Japan, this year, Bac Giang province continues to make dossier to request Japan to appraise and grant more planting area codes. Up to now, there is 216 ha of litchi that have been issued with the listing area codes by Japan. It is expected that about 250ha of lychee will be eligible to export to Japan this year”, Mr. Thanh said.
Luc Ngan lychee’s reputation in the world
In Japan, lychee fruit is known as a valuable fruit by the Japan Fruit Import Association. Litchi was first introduced to the Japanese Izu Oshima island in 1720. Until the end of the Edo period, the litchi was brought to Kagoshima.
Litchi fruit is imported from 5 countries (according to statistics of the Ministry of Finance in 2013). Most litchi fruit is imported from China at about 256 tons (accounting for about 60%), followed by Taiwan with about 127 tons (accounting for about 30). %), Mexico – 29.7 tons, the United States – about 1.3 tons. In Japan, this is a precious fruit due to its rarity in the market, grown mainly in Okinawa and Kagoshima (in 2014 the output was about 13 tons, planted on an area of about 11 hectares, Kagoshima 8.2 tons. 62%, Miyazaki 3.6 tons 27%, Okinawa 1.5 tons 11%).
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