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Lychee heads to EU market, expanding Vietnamese agricultural brands

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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June 08, 2021 | 08:25

The “thieu” lychees from Thanh Ha district, the northern province of Hai Duong – a lychee farming hub of Vietnam, is scheduled to be available in Czech in a couple of days.

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Vietnamese lychees up for sale at a FairPrice supermarket in Singapore. Photo: congthuong.vn

The first batch of Thanh Ha “thieu” lychees left Hanoi's airport on June 7 for the European Union (EU), VNA reported the same day.

The fruit is scheduled to be available in the Czech Republic in a couple of days.

Next week, another batch of “thieu” lychees from Luc Ngan district in the northern province of Bac Giang is expected to be shipped to the 27-member bloc.

The export was conducted under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Lychee heads to EU market, paving ways for Vietnamese agricultural products
Pacific Foods exports first batch of Thanh Ha lychees to EU. Photo: VNA

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) said from August 1, 2020, when the EU-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA) took effect, to April 4 this year, authorised agencies and organisations provided about 127,300 sets of the C/O form of EUR.1 for over 4.78 billion USD worth of exports to EU member countries.

Vu Ba Phu, Director of the Trade Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry has cooperated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in implementing many synchronous solutions from the 2021 crop year to find consumption markets, especially export markets.

Currently, tens of tonnes of lychees from Hai Duong and Bac Giang provinces are available on shelves at supermarket chains in Japan and Singapore and in EU countries in the next few days.

A few days ago, 10 tonnes of fresh lychee has been exported to Thailand by sea on June 5, marking the first time the fresh fruit of Vietnam hit the shelves in Thailand.

Lychee heads to EU market, paving ways for Vietnamese agricultural products
Vietnamese lychees. Photo: VNA

According to Hai Duong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, by May 31, the province had harvested and marketed about 29,000 tonnes of litchi. Of these, about 15,000 tonnes are exported to China, Laos and Cambodia; 6,000-7,000 tons were consumed at major wholesale markets across the country.

The Japanese market alone imported 100 tons, three times higher than the total lychee output of the country exported to Japan in 2020.

Thanh Ha district is now home to 17 lychee growing areas which have been granted planting area codes for export to other markets, such as the US, Australia, the EU, Japan, and Singapore./.

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