In October, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports showed a good return, this item is expected to have a breakthrough in the last months of the year after China eases the Zero COVID policy.
According to data from the General Department of Customs, in the first 10 months of the year, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports reached more than $2.7 billion, down 8% over the same period last year.
However, the export of this item is showing a revival in recent times. In October alone, fruit and vegetable exports reached US$309.7 million, up 22.9% over the previous month and up 28.3% over the same period last year. This is also the month with the highest export turnover of the fruit and vegetable industry in the past 6 months.
In October, the export of vegetables and fruits to main consumption markets such as China, the US, Japan, the Netherlands, the UAE… all increased compared to the previous month.
A positive sign is that the export of vegetables and fruits to the Chinese market has been cleared with a turnover of 151.7 million USD in the past month, up 64.4% over the previous month and 44.2% over the same period. period last year.
By the end of October, China continued to be the largest fruit and vegetable export market of our country with a turnover of $1.2 billion, but down 25.8% over the same period last year. China’s share in Vietnam’s total fruit and vegetable exports has therefore decreased to 44% from 54.5% in the same period.
China’s persistent pursuit of the Zero COVID strategy has significantly affected Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports to this market in the first months of this year.
Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit exports to China decreased, but in return, exports to other markets such as the US, Thailand, and Korea… all increased over the same period last year.
In which, the US ranked second in terms of Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export market with a turnover of 21.5 million USD in October, up 16.6% over the previous month. Accumulated in the first 10 months of the year, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export turnover to this market reached 219 million USD, up 18.8%.
With China starting to relax its Zero COVID policy and opening its doors to some Vietnamese fruits, vegetable and fruit exports are expected to grow strongly in the coming months. The fourth quarter is also usually the time when China increases the import of vegetables and fruits for the year-end holiday season.
In early November, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the General Administration of Customs of China signed the Protocol on phytosanitary requirements for fresh bananas exported from Vietnam to China. Before fresh bananas, this year the two sides also signed a protocol on exporting to China with durian and passion fruit.
Most recently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that it had received information from the Vietnamese Embassy in China on the Protocol to export sweet potatoes and bird’s nests from Vietnam to China.
According to the Import-Export Department (Ministry of Industry and Trade), the export prospects of fruit and vegetable products have many positive signals such as Vietnam – China signed the Protocol to officially export durian; passion fruit is exported experimentally to China; The US has accepted pomelos to be exported to this market…
Therefore, in order to export vegetables and fruits to thrive, businesses must meet many strict criteria and each market will have its own regulations.
Typically exporting to the US, in order to export to this market, vegetables and fruits must not contain 7 active ingredients banned on residues; the factory meets ISO HACCP standards, has a packing factory code issued by the US, has a growing area code… After meeting the criteria, before exporting, fresh fruit must be irradiated by the quarantine staff of the company. US spot check.