Vietnam is a big exporter of fruits to China but its imports of Chinese fruit have also increased sharply every year. For a long time, Chinese fruits were only traded at wholesale markets, and were sold in the retail market as Vietnamese or products from Australia, the US, Japan or Korea.
In fact, many popular fruits for Vietnamese consumers for decades such as "Ha Giang apple", "Sapa peach ", "Vietnamese specialty pomegranate” were all Chinese fruits. Some 3-4 years ago, the authorities confirmed that Vietnam did not produce these fruits.
Now, traders don’t hesitate to tell their customers about the Chinese origin of their fruits. The most popular products include Beijing peaches, Yunnan grapes, Chinese red apples. Traders also describe the growing area as well as the Chinese product quality.
In the Vietnamese market, news about Chinese vegetables and fruits that do not guarantee food safety is nearly absent. Traders are confident to publicize the origin, and Vietnamese consumers also assume that Chinese fruits are safer.