Vietnam has been officially licensed to export six types of fresh fruit to the US market, including mangoes, longan, litchi, dragon fruit, rambutan and star apples. Other fruits can also be exported in either frozen or processed forms, while relevant agencies are also in the process of actively negotiating additional licenses for fresh local fruit, with green-skinned pomelo set to be the first in the near future.
According to the Vietnamese trade office in the US, there is still plenty of room for growth in terms of fruit and vegetable exports to this demanding market, largely due to the diversification of the distribution system. Also, there is a large overseas Vietnamese community made up of three million people.
Last year, despite the adverse range of impacts caused by the pandemic, the US imported fruit worth US$14.1 billion, with the import value projected to reach US$15.1 billion this year.
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