Vietnam’s export turnover of vegetables and fruits for the whole year 2023 reached over 5.573 billion USD. This was an increase of 65.6% compared to the same period in 2022, with 10 key markets.
In addition to exports, in the opposite direction, in December, Vietnam imported about 174,722 million USD of vegetables and fruits, up 2.3% over the last month and down 12.2% over the same period.
Mr. Dang Phuc Nguyen, General Secretary of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association, said that the increase in export turnover in 2023 is because Vietnam has signed many export protocols with markets, especially China. In parallel, there was a remarkable growth in durian exports, which is a high-value fruit favored by China. However, according to Mr. Nguyen, to achieve better results in durian exports in the coming year and keep up with Thailand, Vietnam needs to boost the export of frozen durian.
According to Mr. Dang Phuc Nguyen’s analysis, the economic situation is fluctuating. The Chinese people will likely tighten their spending, causing no outstanding change in durian exports next year. On the other hand, around May 2024, Malaysia will be allowed to export fresh durian to China. Therefore, Mr. Nguyen forecasts that the export turnover of Vietnam’s vegetables and fruits in 2024 will reach 6 billion USD.
For Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable products to be increasingly exported to many countries, the Plant Protection Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) said that it is cooperating with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) to urgently complete documents to soon open the market for pomelos, oranges, tangerines, coconuts, frozen durians, peppers, and medicinal herbs./.