Chinese fruits are flooding into Vietnam. Their improved quality and affordability are prompting Vietnamese consumers to reduce their prejudice regarding the neighbor country’s produce. An importer from Thu Duc Cit even said her purchase of Chinese fruits has risen 60-80% in the last two months compared to the same period last year, thanks to rising demand.
In the first seven months, China was Vietnam’s biggest fruit and vegetable import market with a value of $388 million, up 64% year-on-year, according to Vietnam Customs. China accounts for more than 36% of Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable imports.
For a long time, the Vietnamese have expressed concerns about the quality of Chinese fruits, but the prejudice seems to be declining. This is due in part to Chinese farmers upgrading their methods and ensuring their produce are traceable. Another reason entails the ability of Chinese exporters to send their goods to Vietnam via unofficial quotas, which means faster delivery, Nguyen said, adding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership also helps.
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