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Export of dancing-doll orchid to U.S. could begin this year: MOEA
Central News Agency
2014-04-05 10:57 AM
Taipei, April 5 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) was optimistic Saturday that the export of Taiwan's dancing-doll orchid to the United States could begin by the end of the year after Washington responded positively to Taiwan's long-standing request for the first time. U.S. officials said that regulations governing the import of the orchid with potting media from Taiwan will be made public in the second half of this year, MOEA said in a press release. Potting media, usually consisting of bark and dried plant fibers, are necessary for orchids' health and survival during transportation. The release of regulations will be followed by a two-month period of public reviews and comments. Based on that time frame, MOEA estimated the export of the orchid could start by the end of the year at the earliest. The U.S. officials gave the response to Taiwan's request, which has been repeated in recent years, Friday at bilateral talks in Washington under the U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). The U.S. already allows the import of Taiwanese moth orchid with potting media. In 2011, the trade was worth US$40.5 million to Taiwanese exporters. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Jay Chen)
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