The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) has revealed that China has placed an indefinite ban on Thai longan over contamination with mealybugs, starting on Friday 13 August.
DITP Director-General SomdetSusomboon said the Chinese government has enacted the ban because mealybugs were found among Thai longan exports.
He said he has assigned the commerce attache in China to seek a postponement to the ban, given that it was imposed at extremely short notice.
MrSomdet said if the negotiations fail, Thai longan exports will be affected because 70-80% of Thai longan exports were destined for China, adding that the department will find potential markets in Southeast Asia to compensate. (NNT)