Vietnam imports $451 million worth of fruit & veg in 4 months

Vietnam imported around $451 million worth of fruit and vegetables in the first four months of 2018, with $107 million spent in April alone. This four-month figure represents a 43% increase from the same period last year.

At the same time, export of fruit and vegetables in the period January-April earned Vietnam over $1.32 billion, up 29.5 percent year on year. Breaking this down; fruit shipments brought home $1.05 billion, vegetables $159 million.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said the prices of some types of fruit, including mango, grape fruit and orange, went down in April in the Mekong Delta due to the abundant supplies of this harvest time.

The Ministry forecasts a bumper harvest for litchi and longan this summer in the northern provinces. The northern provinces of Bac Giang, Hung Yen, Hai Duong and Son La have proposed boosting exports of litchi and longan to foreign markets, including China. As reported by, the Ministries of Industry and Trade and of Foreign Affairs will arrange talks with their Chinese counterparts to promote Vietnamese imports into the country.

At the same time Nguyen Hong Son, head of the MARD’s Crop Production Department, said his department has also been negotiating for higher fruit exports quota to Japan and the Republic of Korea, as many Japanese and Korean companies are keen on importing these fruits.

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