In the first four months of 2020, the US has become Vietnam’s largest supplier of fruits and vegetables, recording a 44% increase year-on-year in export value to $102.1 million, according to the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association.
According to Vietnamnet, Vietnam's overall fruit and vegetable imports fell 42 percent to 376.9 million USD, but imports from several countries such as New Zealand, the US and Korea increased. In the same period last year the US had accounted for only 10 percent of imports.
Pham Thien Hoang, owner of GreenSpace Store, a fruit importer, said fruits from the US are very popular among Vietnamese consumers. Apples, grapes and cherries are among the biggest imports from that country.
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Vietnam is also a substantial exporter of vegetables and fruits, and in the first four months earned 1.2 billion USD these products, a 12.5 percent drop.
Vietnamese consumers prefer imported fruits and vegetables with exotic and fresh tastes, thus a growing demand for this sector. Eventually it opens potential opportunities for high quality fruits coming from the Netherlands. Dutch companies are welcome to contact the Agriculture team at the Embassy and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City for further information.