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Veggie, fruit exports hit US$459 million in first half of Jan

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Exports of veggies and fruits amounted to US$459 million in the first half of January 2024, soaring 89% over the same period in 2023, according to preliminary data from the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

This optimistic start has fueled expectations for US$6.5 billion in export revenue from these items in all of 2024, said Dang Phuc Nguyen, general secretary of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association.

He attributed this positive trend to a significant improvement in the quality of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables that now meet rigorous international market standards.

The diverse range of fruits and vegetables available has also played a key role in this export boom. Coupled with favorable market trends in key destinations such as China and the European Union, the industry has witnessed a remarkable expansion.

This year, Vietnam aims to expand its export portfolio by introducing coconut products, watermelon, and exotic fruits, such as frozen durians, to the Chinese market. If successful, export revenue from farm produce could be boosted further, Nguyen said.

In 2023, the vegetable and fruit export sector achieved an exceptional milestone, with export revenue amounting to US$5.6 billion, up a staggering 167% compared to 2022. China was the biggest buyer with a value of US$3.6 billion, a 238% surge versus 2022.

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