The Vietnamese government has given permission for 190 Chinese traders to enter the country to buy lychees in the northern province of Bac Giang. These traders will enter through Lang Son Province, where, at the border, they have to furnish Covid-19 negative certificates issued by competent Chinese authorities. They will be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined before they are allowed to visit lychee farms.
Bac Giang has 28,000 hectares under the fruit, and expects to harvest 180,000 tons this year, up 8 percent from 2020, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The harvest will take two months starting in May end.
The local Department of Industry and Trade estimated that if the pandemic is contained around 47 percent of the lychees harvested would be exported to China, and 2.5 percent to Japan, Australia, the E.U., and the U.S.