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Vietnam imports over US$1 billion worth of fruits, vegetables PDF Print
Monday, 11 September 2017 09:41

VIETRADE - Vietnam spent more than US$1 billion in fruits and vegetables in the first eight months of this year, jumping 94% over same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Of the sum, vegetable imports contributed to US$190 million, up 35% year-on-year while the remainder came from fruit imports, double the figure seen in last year’s corresponding period.


During the reviewed period, Thailand remained the largest fruit and vegetable for Vietnam, accounting for 62% of total import value. It was followed by China, with 16%.


Vietnam’s eight-month fruit and vegetable imports from Thailand rose by 3.2 times compared to same period last year, while its imports from two other markets - Indian and New Zealand -  were 2.2 times and 2 times higher, the Ministry said.


Among the country’s major fruit imports included apple, orange, pear, kiwi, cherry (from New Zealand and Australia), mango and custard apple (from Thailand) besides to cabbage, lettuce, potato, orange and apple (from China).


The Ministry also said the Vietnam shipped US$296 million worth of fruits and vegetables to overseas markets last month, lifting the total in January-August period to US$2.32 billion, up 46.5% versus the year-ago period.


According to analysts, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports are well on track to reach US$3 billion in the whole year.


Consumers’ demand for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits will be higher during the Christmas and New Year holidays, auguring well for the country’s export revenue goal, they explained.


Vietnamese vegetables and fruits have been present in 60 markets world-wide. China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United of States are four leading importers, accounting for 85% of total vegetable and fruit export value.


Other important markets include Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Laos and Russia.


Dragon fruit ranks first in export value, accounting for 50% of the country’s total fruit export revenue. Binh Thuan Province, the country’s largest dragon fruit exporter, has paid attention to developing VietGAP dragon fruit cultivation. 


Mangos, litchis and longans are also Vietnam’s strategic export items.


The Ministry’s Plant Protection Department is making great efforts in exporting litchis to Japan. It will also continue negotiations and complete procedures to ship longans to Australia and New Zealand./.

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