According to a statement from the Plant Protection Department - under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development – several new markets have been opened up. It concerns the opening of the Japanese market for longan, the Chinese market for sweet potato and that of New Zealand for lime and grapefruit. In effect, this year can be considered the most successful for the sector, as many agricultural products have gained access to the world markets.
For the Chinese market, earlier this year, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) agreed to pilot import of Vietnamese passion fruits starting in July. After that, durian and banana were allowed to be imported into China through the signing of the protocols on phytosanitary requirements between the two countries. Most recently, another protocol was signed for China’s import of sweet potato from Vietnam.
Meanwhile, an agreement on the export of Vietnamese lime and grapefruit to New Zealand was signed by the ministry and New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture on November 15. Three days later, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also announced that Vietnamese fresh longan is allowed to be imported into the country.