Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, deputy prime minister of Thailand and minister of commerce, announced on July 2nd that Thai fruit export to China increased by 15.3% in May. This increase inspires confidence in the government plan to expand trade with China.
Vietnamese fruit, however, is struggling. Cambodia recently announced a temporary ban on the import of 6 types of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables. There was a problem with the food safety of more than 20 types of fruit and vegetables from Vietnam. Border control discovered 6 types of fruit and vegetables with pesticide residue levels that exceeded the norm: cabbage, broccoli, okra, lemons, pumpkins, and Chinese leek.
Vietnam experiences similar difficulties with export to China. In early March, border control in Nanning already discovered three types of fungi in watermelons and dragon fruit from Vietnam. These fungi present a danger to many types of agricultural products.
Recent problems with food safety will likely have an impact on Vietnamese export to China. A representative of the Vietnamese Fruit Association already announced that Vietnamese fruit export to China declined by 30% in the first half of this year.