China: Stricter import rules for Vietnamese fruits

Hung, a farmer who owns 3 hectares of VietGAP (Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices) certified durian in the central highlands province of Lam Dong, said that two years ago, traders had to compete to get fruits for export to China. However, in the last two months, traders have been insisting on certification of origin for the fruits.

China now requires Vietnam to provide stamps of origin, area code and phytosanitary certificates for fruits that it exports. "Because of China's new import restrictions, I have to join a co-operative to get my fruit stamped. I will get this done by early June," Hung said.

Lai The Hung, director of Lam Dong’s Department of Crop Production and Food Protection, confirmed that China was changing its import regulations. Hung told VnExpress that exported fruit had to meet China’s technical and phytosanitary standards, as well as regulations on food safety.

Importers must declare and provide stamps showing the origin of fruit brought in, and register with Chinese customs an area code showing where the fruit was planted. Exported fruit must also meet standards in packaging and hygiene, including being pest-free.

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