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Vietnam's fruit exports surge in the first 6 months despite coronavirus

08:53 | 10/07/2020

Due to the impact of the coronavirus, Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports declined 12.2% in the first six months, however, shipments to certain markets observed strong growth during the period. 

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vietnams fruit exports surge in the first 6 months despite coronavirus
Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports to many markets saw strong growth (Photo: Nhan Dan)

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, exports to Thailand brought to Vietnam USD 68 million, up 233.4%, the Republic of Korea USD 67.4 million, up 21.8%. Exports to the US reached USD 62 million, up 6.1%, Japan USD 57.7 million, up 15.5%, and the Netherlands USD 34 million, up 9%, informed Nhan Dan.

However, exports to China, the largest market for Vietnamese fruit and vegetables, fell by 29.1% to over USD 906 million, compared with USD 1.3 billion last year.

The Agro Processing and Market Development Authority (AgroTrade) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that lychees contributed significantly to fruit and vegetable exports in the first half of the year.

vietnams fruit exports surge in the first 6 months despite coronavirus
Vietnamese bananas put on sale in the RoK (Photo: VNA)

Apart from the main market of China, local exporters have shipped lychees to the US and Japan. For instance, the Vina T&T company expects to export 50 tons of lychees meeting Global GAP standards to the US this year. Meanwhile, the first batch of Bac Giang lychees arrived in Japan on June 20.

Despite the impacts of Covid-19, Japan is seeking to increase its fruit and vegetable imports from Vietnam such as bananas, dragon fruits, sweet potatoes and lychees.

The Export and Import Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that Vietnamese bananas have become available at the Lotte supermarket system in the Republic of Korea while dragon fruits and lychees are popular in India, according to Dang cong san.

vietnams fruit exports surge in the first 6 months despite coronavirus
Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports expect to enjoy positive growth (Photo: Vietnam Biz)

The AgroTrade added that in the coming time, Vietnamese fruit and vegetables exports are expected to enjoy positive growth opportunities.

With the European Union - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) taking effect on August 1, this will offer many valuable opportunities for Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports because 94% of tariffs for these products will be eliminated, Vietnam Biz reported.

However, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Toan, Director of the AgroTrade said that the EU is a high-level market, thus, Vietnamese fruit and vegetables should overcome strict technical barriers and standards. Because without standardization, Vietnamese fruit and vegetable products cannot integrate sustainably to the world market.

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