The fresh fruits were imported by the London-based TT Meridian company under the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

Vietnamese lychee hitting shelves in the UK

In order to meet stringent food safety standards of the UK market, TT Meridian has cooperated with FUSA Organic Agriculture Joint Stock Company in Vietnam to select lychees grown in farms meeting Global GAP standards in Luc Ngan district, the northern province of Bac Giang.

The lychees are packed in clear plastic boxes with traceability stamps of the Trade Promotion Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, allowing consumers to quickly look up the origin of the product.

To ensure the taste of the lychee, the fruits were transported by air from the Noi Bai International Airport to the UK's Heathrow airport.

Thai Tran, Operation Manager of Meridian, said the UK has very high requirements on quality, design and technical standards for imported farm produce, so his company and other partners had to make very careful preparations for the batch of fruit.

He added that with the UK-Vietnam FTA, there are more chances for Vietnamese farm produce to enter this market, but Vietnamese producers and exporters have to pay attention to the market's standards in order to gain and maintain a foothold there.

Source: VNA