The Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency has declared that Vietnamese pomelos have a large potential for entering markets in the US, the EU and Japan. Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, Deputy Director of the Export Promotion Centre, said that Vietnamese pomelo is considered to be superior to fruit from other countries thanks to its moderate sweetness and suitability to consumers of many regions and markets.
Besides, agricultural products and pomelos in particular are subject to preferential tariffs under free trade agreements to which Vietnam is a member, hence the large potential for pomelo export to many markets.
Thuy pointed out that currently, Vietnamese pomelo is mainly exported in the form of fresh fruit with low added value. She also cited statistics from the US Department of Agriculture that the US has huge demand for fruits, estimated at around 12 million tons per year while the US’ domestic production of fresh fruit met only about 70% of the demand. This is a big opportunity for Vietnamese fruits, including pomelo, she said.
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