BANGKOK – The Ministry of Commerce has announced success in selling as high as 150,000 tons of rice during a trip in which it led Thai businessmen to Hong Kong. The trip was aimed at expanding the market of Thai rice and fruits in Hong Kong.
Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn who led the trip met with her Hong Kong counterpart to discuss Thailand’s durian exports to Hong Kong. Last year, more than 50% of Thai durian exports worth six billion baht were to Hong Kong.
In the past, Hong Kong found that some Thai durians were coated with turmeric and contaminated.
The minister said Thailand and Hong Kong agreed to work closely together to tackle the problem of contaminated Thai durian exports. No turmeric-coated durians from Thailand were found in markets in Hong Kong during this period, she said. The minister also warned Thai durian exporters to conform to Hong Kong’s regulations for fresh fruit and vegetable exports