Vietnamese lychees up for sale at a FairPrice supermarket in Singapore (Photo: congthuong.vn)
– The early-ripening “u hong” lychees from Thanh Ha district, the northern province of Hai Duong – a lychee farming
hub of Vietnam, hit the shelves of Singaporean supermarkets on June 3.
The fruit made a good impression in this market thanks to its quality and prices, the Vietnamese trade office in Singapore said.
The Vietnamese lychees will be sold at all the 230 FairPrice
supermarkets this year, many more than last year when they were sold only at
hypermarkets or major shopping malls of FairPrice.
From now to the end of the harvest season, Singapore will
purchase at least one 40-foot container of lychees every week, and the export
volume is expected to reach 100 tonnes by the end of July, according to the
This year, the lychees from Vietnam are sold at higher
prices, 105,000 VND (4.5 USD) per kg in the first week and about 120,000 VND
per kg in the following weeks.
The Vietnamese trade office in Singapore noted that Singapore is a small
market with a population of less than 6 million, but its people have high and
stable demand for lychee which they considered it a fruit bringing about good
luck and frequently present in important anniversaries and big parties.
Given this, the office has moved to promote Vietnamese
lychees such as by making posters, posting articles about the fruit’s history
and benefits on its website, and inviting a Singaporean expert to persuade
Every year, Singapore imports more than 2,000 tonnes of
lychees from China, Vietnam, Thailand, and countries in the southern hemisphere
like Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius. Without lychee
cultivation, it still exports nearly 400 tonnes of lychees annually, both fresh
and canned ones, equivalent to some 20 percent of its total import volume.
Singapore ships fresh lychees mostly to Malaysia, Indonesia,
Brunei, and the Philippines and the canned fruit to ASEAN countries, South
Asia, Maldives, Barbados, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Seychelles, and the
ones bordering the Persian Gulf.
Tran Thu Quynh, head of the trade office, said this is a
challenge and also an opportunity for Vietnamese lychees as both countries are
members of many large free trade agreements like the Comprehensive and
Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive
Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Though the export value remains modest, authorities’ efforts
and businesses’ resolve to explore foreign markets for the fruit have
demonstrated the supply, post-harvest preservation, and logistics capacity of
Vietnam, which is also the key for all commodities of the country to reach the
world, she added./.