China tightens veggie and fruit import requirements for VietnamTuesday, August 20,2019
AsemconnectVietnam - Improving product quality and promoting exports through official channels are seen as a stable method of development for Vietnam's fruit and vegetables as China looks set to apply stricter requirements on fruit imports in the future, according to the Plant Protection Department.
Currently, Vietnam's fruit and vegetable products have established a strong presence in nearly 55 countries, whilst a number of major markets have seen strong growth, including China, Japan, the United States, Russia, Taiwan (China), the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Thailand.
Fruit and vegetable exports see plenty of room for growth
During the reviewed period, veggie and fruit exports to foreign markets saw a rise in export turnover in comparison to last year’s corresponding period, mainly in markets such as Indonesia (up 339 per cent), Italy (up 208 per cent), Laos (up 161.8 per cent), and Hong Kong (up 133.3 per cent).
The average growth rate of the fruit and vegetable sector during the 2011-2018 period hit 32.2 per cent, while last year’s exports enjoyed a surge of 8.8 per cent to US$3.8 billion over the previous year’s figure.
China tightens export requirements through official channels
Accordingly, in order to trace the origin of products, China has requested that local fruits be given codes indicating both growing areas and their packaging facilities. These are the two requirements for imported fruits through official channels.
In the future, China is to apply stricter requirements and standards to stand alongside specific conditions and inspections. If the Vietnamese side fails to comply with this standard, China will say no to all certificates and codes granted by Vietnam.
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