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China: Covid-19 virus detected in pitayas imported from Vietnam, China decisively stopped the supply chain

According to Vietnamese media reports, due to the detection of the Covid-19 virus on the packaging of pitayas imported from Vietnam, Dongxing Port in Guangxi, China has stopped importing pitayas from Vietnam on September 15.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam stated that China has stipulated that customs clearance shall be suspended for 7 days (September 15-21). After 7 days, Vietnamese pitayas will automatically resume customs clearance. However, if the virus continues to be detected on pitayas or other items, the suspension of customs clearance will be extended by 1 week; if the virus is detected 3 times, the suspension of customs clearance will be extended by 4 weeks.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam suggests that Vietnamese pitaya exporters should take the initiative to follow up, update information, and communicate with Chinese partners to replace suitable delivery locations. Vietnam's provinces and enterprises take the initiative to self-check the risk of infection of agricultural products, especially fruits, during harvesting, packaging, processing, and transportation to avoid similar situations.

Recently, China has continuously taken measures to strengthen the quarantine of Vietnamese fruits exported to China. In mid-July this year, China suspended the import of pitayas at Hekou and Tianbao ports in Yunnan Province on the grounds that Vietnamese goods were suspected of being infected with the Covid-19 virus. Although various ministries and localities have actively communicated with the Chinese side, the situation has not yet been eased, causing great damage to the Vietnamese economy, especially enterprises.

At present, both the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day are approaching, which is the peak season for fruit sales in the Chinese market. China has decisively taken measures on imported fruits from Vietnam to strictly guarantee national food safety.


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