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Farm produce exports to Australia surge in Jan-Jul

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam exported vegetables and fruits worth US$46.5 million to Australia between January and July, surging by 45% year-on-year, while the country’s rice exports to the latter soared by 37%.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia has quickly launched various support programs to help local exporters access Australian firms and diversify products, said Nguyen Phu Hoa, director of the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia.

With efforts in goods transportation and market expansion, Vietnam saw positive growth in exporting fruits to Australia, the local media reported.

As of June, dragon fruit exports to Australia fetched some US$29 million, jumping by over 84% year-on-year, according to the data of the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Despite fierce competition from China and Thailand, Vietnam’s mango shipments to the Australian market during the period rose by over 8% year-on-year.

The country saw longan exports to Australia skyrocket by 133.9% year-on-year at US$150,000, while the revenue from lychee exports amounted to US$508,000 during the first half of the year, up 93% year-on-year.

In addition, rice was one of Vietnam’s major agricultural export earners over the past seven months, with Australia-bound shipments reaching US$13.2 million.

To diversify Vietnamese agricultural products in the Australian market, the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia has worked with local firms to export some frozen items and other veggies and fruits.

Between January and June, the export of frozen ginger to Australia rocketed by 988% year-on-year, at US$642,000.

Furthermore, Vietnam has recently shipped 22 tons of frozen dracontomelon worth VND6 billion to the Oceanic country.

The export of Vietnam’s farm produce to Australia is expected to continue rising in the coming time, according to the trade office.

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