Fresh mangoes, avocados (Cardinal), pineapples, and papayas from the Philippines were sent to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on 5 May 2021. The small Filipino business exporter, Genco Fields Fruits and Vegetables, was assisted by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Hong Kong SAR with the help of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR and the Office of the Agriculture Counsellor of the Philippines in Beijing to look for a Hong Kong importer to bring in its products from the Philippines.

The Hass avocados which come from Mexico are the most popular avocados in Hong Kong SAR while Cardinal avocados are more common in the Philippines. Thus, it is the best time for the Hong Kong populace to taste the more flavorful and tastier avocado from the Philippines due to its geographic location.

The Philippine papayas, pineapples, and mangoes are also being brought in the Hong Kong market by big players from the Philippines which is something that the Philippines is very grateful for. Therefore, there is now a need to help assist the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to penetrate the Hong Kong market too.

With the -10.4% decrease in the agricultural export of the Philippines in the fourth quarter of 2020 as shared by the Philippine Statistics Authority, there is a need to support the agricultural products of the farmers in the Philippines.

The Commercial Attaché for the Philippines in Hong Kong SAR Roberto B. Mabalot Jr. stated that, “The Philippines needs to take advantage of the proximity of Hong Kong SAR and its free-market economy. In addition, Hong Kong SAR is an important gateway for all Filipino products to Mainland China and the world.”

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Date of Release: 7 May 2021