At a conference held on September 13 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there was agreement that the new requirements by China and other international markets remain a challenge to Vietnamese exporters, urging them to make changes to adapt.
According to industry experts, giving priority to e-commerce and e-logistics platforms is an optimal solution for Vietnamese exporters to increase the opportunities to join major value chains, while easing possible loss risks.
The issue has become more serious since Vietnam’s agro-fisheries exports to China were down 9.2 per cent year-over-year, reaching over $3.8 billion in the first seven months of 2019. Of the export items, rice saw the highest drop with a decrease of 67.5 per cent, hitting over $159.4 million. The runners-up were fruits and vegetables with $1.6 billion in export turnover, a fall of over 8 per cent; cassava also decreased 10 per cent to $466 million, according to statistics from the MoIT.
The US-China trade tension is partly to blame along with China’s strict regulations on the import of agricultural and aquatic products on the land border areas through measures to strengthen supervision of traceability, packaging, and food safety and hygiene. In fact, China had announced the requirements since mid-2018, however few Vietnamese companies had been aware of them.
"This is an inevitable trend and is aligned with international practices. Not only China, but also many other countries are applying stricter requirements for imported products," Tran Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Agency of Foreign Trade under the MoIT, told vietnamnews.vn.