On June 19, 4 tons of frozen unshelled durians from Malaysia were delivered by air to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Shanghai Customs opened special green channel to clear the import durians. After confirming the compliance with quarantine requirements, the Customs quickly released the Malaysian durians.
Now, China permits importing frozen durians from Thailand and Malaysia. Before, only frozen durian pulp was permitted to import from Malaysia. On May 30, the GACC announced the permission to import Malaysian unshelled durians that are frozen by specific process. Thus, Chinese consumers can enjoy the well-known “Musang King” durians originating in Malaysia.
Regarding the frozen durian pulp, the Customs needs to detect pathogenic microorganisms such as salmonella to ensure the food safety; regarding frozen unshelled durians, the Customs must inspect them in customs field, paying attention to any quarantine pest. As per the specific quarantine requirements, the unshelled durians must be frozen for not less than 1 hour between -80°C and -110°C before their storage and transport under -18°C or lower temperature, so as to prevent from quarantine pests.
General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China
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