HCMC – The authorities of China’s Guangxi Province have resumed dragon fruit imports from Vietnam since September 22 after one week of suspension following Covid-19 concerns.
Luong Quang So, director of the Management Board of the Mong Cai Border Gate, Quang Ninh Province, said that on September 22, as many as 24 trucks carrying some 20 tons of dragon fruit each from Vietnam were allowed to enter Guangxi.
This morning, September 23, 10 other trucks transporting fruits from Vietnam to China, mainly jackfruits and mangoes, were cleared through the border gate.
According to So, as of this morning, there were no longer dragon fruit trucks stuck at the Mong Cai Border Gate.
To ensure safety and the smooth transportation of goods through the border gate, Mong Cai City is conducting Covid-19 tests for goods and vehicles at the Mong Cai Border Gate.
China’s Guangxi stopped importing dragon fruit from Vietnam’s Quang Ninh Province for a week, from September 15 to 21, after it reportedly found traces of the coronavirus on Vietnam’s packaging and cartons containing the dragon fruit.
Dragon fruit is one of the key export products of Vietnam, and the country exported dragon fruit worth over US$1 billion last year.
China is Vietnam’s largest buyer of dragon fruit as it accounts for some 80% of the country’s total dragon fruit exports.