Clearing China’s border, Vietnamese agricultural products are expected to increase exports

(TBTCO) – According to experts and specialized agencies, on January 8, 2023, China reopening its border will create favorable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to increase exports. However, agricultural product exporters need to continue to be flexible and proactive in accessing the market to take advantage of this opportunity.

Exports of seafood, vegetables and fruits are forecasted to increase strongly

Many people believe that opening the border between Vietnam and China on the occasion of the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit in 2023, when the demand from this market is at its highest, will help the export of agricultural, forestry and fishery products of the country. Vietnam to this market will benefit in the coming time. In which, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export is expected to be the industry that receives many opportunities to benefit, especially with the items forecasted to grow strongly, which are dragon fruit and durian.

According to Mr. Dang Phuc Nguyen – General Secretary of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association, it is forecasted that 2023 will be a boom year in fruit and vegetable exports, growing at least 20% compared to 2022, reaching the milestone of USD 4 billion. In particular, the demand for durian imports from China in the past few months has increased dramatically, giving this item the opportunity to become Vietnam’s billion-dollar export item in 2023.

The Chinese market accounts for about 17% of Vietnam’s agricultural, forestry and fishery exports.

According to statistics, each year China spends 15 billion USD importing vegetables and fruits and the opening of a series of Vietnamese fruits to China in 2022 is the driving force for growth in 2023. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is also preparing to organize a trade delegation to promote the supply chain of fruits and seafood in China. At the same time, the ministry continues to negotiate official export to China of potential products such as pomelo, custard apple, coconut, lemon… in order to increase the export value of agricultural products to this market.

For seafood products, Mr. Le Ba Anh – Deputy Director of the Department of Agro-Forestry and Fisheries Quality Management (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), affirmed that in 2023, when China opens its border, restaurants on your side will open, then, consumption of live and high-class aquatic products will increase strongly such as crab, lobster, white shrimp and black tiger shrimp. Truong Dinh Hoe – General Secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep) said that in December 2022, exports to most markets decreased, but the Chinese market still increased by 17%. , opening an optimistic signal in the near future when epidemic prevention measures are removed. When China opens its borders, it is forecasted that export orders to this market will “explode” like the European Union and US markets when reopening after the Covid-19 epidemic in 2020, 2021.

Take advantage of potential, capture the market

According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien, the plan in 2023, the Agriculture sector cooperates with the Chinese side to continue to sign the protocol to increase the export of official agricultural products to this market.

“The Chinese market accounts for about 17% of Vietnam’s agricultural, forestry and fishery export turnover. I believe that agricultural exports to China will increase at a higher rate in 2023. However, we must be proactive. and have solutions, control on codes of growing areas, processing facilities, and have a chain of information on food safety to meet the requirements of the Chinese market,” – Mr. Tien recommended.

It can be seen that Vietnam is facing many opportunities to promote agricultural exports to a market of 1.4 billion people. However, opportunities always go hand in hand with challenges, so along with the opening of the border, technical barriers will be erected and strictly controlled for agricultural products during customs clearance. To make the best use of opportunities, the Agriculture sector has been and continues to focus on supporting farmers, businesses and relevant agencies to ensure new requirements for importers and agricultural products and foodstuffs. products imported into the Chinese market.

Affirming that China will be a potential market for seafood businesses when the border is reopened, Vasep’s side suggested that businesses need to make good use of this opportunity. However, Vasep also warned, the Chinese market is no longer easy, but will be a difficult market and increasingly difficult. They will have regulations and even very unexpected changes for Vietnamese seafood enterprises.

Therefore, Vietnamese seafood enterprises will have to change their views and attitudes, deepen their access to the Chinese market, and be more specific to each segment of the local market. At the same time, seafood enterprises will have to increase deep processing and product processing for other countries, aiming to turn Vietnam into a seafood processing center of the world.

From the perspective of export enterprises, Mr. Nguyen Khac Tien – Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ameii Vietnam Joint Stock Company said that China is not only the target market of Vietnam but also the target market of many countries, because the country has billions of people. , purchasing power champion. Many protocols have been signed, promoting the export of official agricultural products, related to the code of the growing area and the code of the packing facility. With the efforts and efforts of the two governments, especially the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, negotiated in which the planting area code and packing facility code are prerequisites. Farmers, along with cooperatives and businesses, need to be aware that the planting area code and packing facility code are their assets and must effectively promote those assets.