The attraction of Vietnamese dragon fruit in China has never cooled down

According to Chinese newspapers, Covid-19 causes adversity when in Vietnam, farmers cut dragon fruit because the price is too low, while the attraction of this fruit in China has never decreased.

Vietnamese dragon fruit imported into China waiting for customs clearance in Pingxiang, Guangxi.  Photo: China Daily.
Vietnamese dragon fruit imported into China waiting for customs clearance in Pingxiang, Guangxi. Photo: China Daily.

Many Chinese newspapers and news sites said that the consumption demand and price of dragon fruit in this market also increased sharply in the context of limited imports.

The demand for dragon fruit is still great

According to China Daily – China’s largest publishing English newspaper – the country’s demand for high-quality dragon fruit products is increasing, of which Vietnam is a major source of imports.

Currently, Guangxi TWT is a large fruit importer based in Nanning city, Guangxi province and specializes in importing Vietnamese dragon fruit through border gate areas with Lang Son province.

According to data from Guangxi TWT, in 2021 Vietnam exports about 1.04 billion USD of dragon fruit, up to 925.5 million USD is from the Chinese market, accounting for about 89%.

However, from the beginning of 2022, tightened epidemic prevention measures have made the ability to import fruits in general, dragon fruit in particular, sharply reduced. Against this backdrop, Guangxi TWT as well as other Chinese traders have been looking for ways to solve the problem.

As a result, since the end of February, at the Po Chai – Tan Thanh border gate area, the “container cutting” option has been used to speed up customs clearance.

According to Mr. Wang Zhengbo, Chairman of Guangxi TWT, this transport model has improved customs clearance efficiency, reduced logistics costs and brought obvious benefits to merchants.

“We should ensure the smoothness of the supply chain and cross-border transportation of imported agricultural products. Besides, it is also necessary to ensure that anti-epidemic measures are in line with the requirements of the Chinese Government as well as ASEAN countries,” said Mr. Wang.

Although still importing a lot of dragon fruit, the area of ​​this tree in China is also increasing rapidly. According to China Daily , by the end of 2020, the area of ​​dragon fruit growing in China will reach 35,555ha, equivalent to the area of ​​dragon fruit in Vietnam.

According to the Ministry of Commerce of China, with the current popularity of dragon fruit, the planting area of ​​this tree by the end of 2021 will be 40,000 hectares. In China, dragon fruit is grown mainly in Guangxi and Guangdong, accounting for 60% of the country’s area.

The option of 'cutting the container' during customs clearance is highly appreciated by traders for its efficiency.  Photo: Tung Dinh.
The option of “cutting the container” upon customs clearance is highly appreciated by traders for its efficiency. Photo: Tung Dinh.