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Thailand extends 'durian road' to EU with new airport role

Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi challenges Singapore as produce export hub

Exports of durians are rising, but Thailand is looking beyond China to European markets.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Exporting such fruits as durian from Thailand to Europe is set to become smoother after Bangkok's international gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, adopts European Union standards for inspections of outbound produce.

Under an agreement between state-owned Airports of Thailand and Liege Airport in Belgium, an important EU cargo hub, farm products inspected at Suvarnabhumi will be stamped "EU-standard certified" and be able to enter countries in the European trading bloc without further checks.

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