The first shipment of imported agricultural products from Taiwan had arrived in Palau on Tuesday, November 20, at the Surangel and Sons Shopping Center, hence, commencing the agricultural trade between the two countries.

Fresh agricultural products such as fruits and vegetables are now available for the public to purchase at the shopping center which is being supplied by the Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corporation (TAPMC).

Purchasing Manager of the Surangel and Sons Shopping Center Hermana Idip told Island Times in an interview yesterday that the products received good feedbacks from the consumers and some items were even already sold out only after two days since the products were put on display.

Shelving of the products at the shopping center was begun at around 4am during the first day but some items were already sold out at around 7am of the same day.

“The quality is pretty good. And the price is fairly competitive but people are going for quality and they are willing to pay for that,” Idip added, saying that the only negative feedback they received was that they did not order enough for the people to be able to buy the items that they wanted.

“We did not order enough because we ran out two days after the stock was out. So we are looking forward to our next shipment,” Idip said, explaining further that they are eyeing to double their order in the next shipment.

The next container, according to the TAMPC, will arrive before Christmas.

In our previous report, Agriculture Director Fernando Sengebau said that shipment of agricultural products from Taiwan will only take around 14 days to reach Palau as compare to the import of the same products from the United States which takes around 25 days.

The first attempt to open agricultural trade with Taiwan was in 2010 under the tenure of then Taiwan Ambassador to Palau Maggie Tien. It took eight years before the plan was officially realized.

Delegates from TAPMC showcased on September 13 their agricultural products to the community before beginning the actual trade. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)