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Veggie, fruit imports top US$1.8 billion

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam had spent US$1.87 billion importing vegetables and fruits in the year through November, soaring 39% year-on-year, and is expected to buy more to meet the surge in demand during the Lunar New Year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Of the amount, apples had come first by import spending in January-October, with US$214 million, up 46% over the same period last year.

Grapes came second with US$160 million in the 10-month period, shooting up 77.5% versus the same period in 2021, with New Zealand, China and the U.S. remaining the biggest sellers.

The country also bought garlic, mung beans, onions, potatoes, Shimeji mushrooms, cabbages, and Flammulina filiformis, along with processed fruit and vegetables such as fried potatoes, seaweed and chili powder.

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