LAHORE (APP) Pakistan is striving for mango export to USA through sea route to enhance its share from the current 150,000 tonnes being transported through aero planes. In a press briefing here Tuesday, Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) CEO, Bashir Hussain said the freight charges is Rs300 per kg while the ship fare is only Rs25 per kg, which will help enhance the trade volume to many proportion as the US has already permitted Pak exporters to send the mango fruit. In this way, we will be able to capture most of the portion of the total US mango import of 650,000 tonnes, he added. Company has sent its first ever shipment of mangoes to USA on July 27 and a formal launching ceremony was held in Chicago on July 30, 2011 with Pakistan Ambassador Hussain Haqqani as the chief guest. The feedback from the US was not only encouraging but remarkable, because the fruit quality was better than good, strong, and attractive packaging sustained the journey, he maintained. This year, the CEO said, the US administration has also allowed Pakistan to export on commercial basis as well, and within next two weeks, more consignments will be sent to US. He said, the Company has also launched a campaign to ensure availability of Pakistani mangoes at super and mega stores of the developed countries. To a question, he said the mango export deal has been done with Lebanon last month, while Australia and South Korea will soon finalized agreements in this regard. Bashir Hussain said, the PHDEC is also focusing on export of fresh dates, citing though Pakistan is second largest date exporting country in the world but 95 percent is being exported in dried form and mostly to India. However, we are focused to enhance fresh dates exports and exploring its markets in other countries, he said. The Company is also striving to scale up the potato and onion export to their full potential, and modalities were being discussed with boards of investment of Sindh and Balochistan in this regard. To another question, he said, the PHDEC is also upgrading its web site to fully facilitate the existing and potential exporters and importers.