After being closed for almost 3 weeks, some factories in Vietnam started operating again from 23 April. However there are still fewer vessels from Vietnam to Europe, which makes the logistics price extra high.
Annie Nguyen is the sales manager of Euro Viet Fresh, “Every year, we export 50-60 containers full of coconuts to Europe and Middle East, and the export volume keeps growing each year. Our fruits are mainly sold via importers and to supermarket chains in the local market.” Annie says, “Vietnam is not the only country exporting coconuts, but the Vietnamese coconut is very popular among European customers. With special post-harvest techniques, Vietnamese coconuts are sweeter than Thai coconuts and have a richer taste. Also, the shelf life of Vietnamese coconuts is relatively long.”
With the coronavirus outbreak, it is now a very difficult time for Vietnamese fruit exporters. “Due to decrease of consumption in overseas markets, our export volume is reduced by 50% in comparison with the same period last year. “In addition, the number of vessels between Vietnam and Europe is decreasing, which means sea shipment costs increased nearly one thousand USD per container, depending on arrival ports and carriers. Not only sea shipments, our flight cost also increased from 3 USD/kg in the normal period to 7 USD/kg. Following this trend, we were also forced to increase our export price.”
“Following government advice, only a few workers are still working in our main packing facility, and we are applying a strict protection measure. In order to keep up the production speed, we shifted some production to our satellite factories, so that we can still process orders and supply coconuts to customers on time.” Annie says.
Established in 2018, Euro Viet Fresh is a professional exotic fresh fruit trader located in Ho Chi Minh City. Every year, the company exports a total of 1,000 tons of fruit to Europe. Besides coconuts, Euro Viet Fresh’s product category includes passion fruit and dragon fruit.
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