HCMC – Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit exporters are increasingly dependent on China as the neighboring country accounts for 77.3% of their shipments this year, up from 73.6% last year, news website Vneconomy reports.
Vegetable and fruit exports in the first three months of this year generated revenue of US$649.6 million, up 54.3% year-on-year. China was the biggest importer of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits with US$502.1 million, up 62.1% against the year-ago period.
The U.S., Vietnam’s second largest vegetable and fruit importer, purchased US$18.4 million worth of vegetables and fruits from Vietnam. Japan came in third with US$17.4 million.
South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and the Netherlands are also in the top ten list of Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit importers.
In related news, as from April 1 Vietnamese vegetable and fruit shipments bound for Guangxi province of China are made traceable. A representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade said the new rule would help ensure food safety for customers.