According to media in Laos, Director Ni Yuefeng of the General Administration Customs China (GACC) and Phet Phomphiphak, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Laos, signed an agreement titled 'botanical quarantine protocol for citrus transport from Laos to China'. The agreement marked the official beginning of citrus export from Laos to China.
The overall surface area devoted to citrus plantation in Laos is around 3,620 hectares, of which 2,500 hectares (around 70%) are dedicated to production for the export market. Most of these production areas are located in Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Sainyabuli, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Bolikhamsai, Savannakhet, Champasak, and Attapeu. Laos is expected to export around 50,000 tons of citrus fruits to China in 2022. The export value is estimated at 50 million USD.
The overall value of Lao agricultural export in the first 10 months of 2021 exceeded 800 million USD, which is 29% more than the overall export value in the same period last year. China is the largest agricultural export market for Laos. Cassavas, bananas, watermelons, sugar cane, and rubber accounted for more than 80% of Lao export to China.
Laos and China already signed customs protocols for 9 agricultural products, including rice, corn, bananas, watermelons, cassavas, sweet potatoes, beans, passion fruit, and now citrus fruits. And the two parties are in negotiation for further protocols regarding durian, longan, dragon fruit, and pineapples. The Lao Minister of Agriculture and Forestry hopes these negotiations will be concluded swiftly and successfully.
Source: Southern Agricultural Town Paper