Since obtaining a certificate of geographical indication (GI) from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan in March 2021, Thieu lychee grown in Luc Ngan district has seen its competitiveness and export volume significantly rising.
The lychees are the first Vietnamese farm produce to be granted such certificate from Japan, with related negotiations lasting for nearly three years. In addition to the demanding market, Thieu lychee has already earned geographical protection in six others, namely China, Laos, Cambodia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Australia.
Official data showed that 48.5 tons of the Luc Ngan lychee were shipped to Japan and 293.5 tons to other markets (excluding China) in 2020. The figures soared to 56.7 and 9,500 tons in 2021. This year, Vietnam has so far exported 164.4 tons of the fruit to Japan, 36 tons to the US, and more than 1,800 tons to other markets.