Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export is over 2.06 billion USD in the first half of this year. (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) –
Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable
export was over 2.06 billion USD in the first half of this year, up 17.4
percent year-on-year, the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association (VinaFruit) said.
In June alone, the figure stood at 356 million USD,
representing a year-on-year rise of 38 percent, according to the association.
Meanwhile, the country imported 686 million USD worth
of fruit and vegetables in the six-month period, a drop of 16.6 percent from
the same period last year, resulting in a trade surplus of 1.3 billion USD.
China, the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea remained
Vietnam’s biggest fruit and vegetable buyers, with the highest increase recorded
in the US market (132 percent).
Since early June, Vietnamese and Chinese competent
agencies have reached an agreement on plant quarantine to simplify customs procedures
for fresh fruit exports.
Dragon fruit, watermelon and lychee have enjoyed
impressive increases in export volumes in the two quarters, up 138 percent, 132
percent and 44 percent, respectively.
Apart from the three fruits, six others have been
allowed to be shipped to the neighbouring country via the official channel, namely
mango, longan, banana, jack fruit, rambutan and mangosteen.
Vietnamese sweet potato and durian are expected to
join the list soon./.