Vietnam urges China to urgently reopen border gates

China halts dragon fruit imports from Vietnam

China has imposed a four-week ban on dragon fruit imports through a major Vietnamese border gate, as Covid-19 was detected in previous shipments. The ban, to last until January 26 on delivery through the Huu Nghi Border Gate in Lang Son Province, applies to four varieties of dragon fruit shipped from Binh Thuan and the southern province of Long An.

Chinese customs had detected the Coronavirus in some consignments between November 20 and December 27. Huu Nghi is the second largest border gate for dragon fruits exports to China, accounting for 5 percent of the total, Vo Huy Hoang, chairman of the Binh Thuan Province Dragon Fruit Association, said.

China earlier also banned imports through the biggest border gate, Tan Thanh in the same province, which accounts for 90 percent of all dragon fruit shipped to that country, he said. Due to the ban, around 400 container trucks have returned from the border to sell the fruits in Vietnam at an estimated 30 percent loss.

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