Australia to import more vegetables and fruit from Vietnam

26-Nov-2016 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Vietnam and Australia will establish a technical working team to help boost exports of vegetables and fruits from Vietnam to Australia, heard a two-day meeting on the topic that wrapped up in Hanoi on November 23.

Amy Guihot, an agricultural counsellor from the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, said at the first high-level dialogue on agricultural policies between Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources that Australia wants to set up a technical working group to help boost vegetable and fruit exports.

The group will tackle technical barriers to agricultural trade, as well as plant and animal quarantine regulations, aiming at promoting market access, trade and development cooperation between the nations.

Vietnam has recently shipped litchi and mangoes to Australia and has allowed imports of grape and orange from Australia. Vietnam exported $17 million worth of vegetables and fruit to Australia in January-September, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

At the dialogue, Vietnam hoped the Australian government would create favourable conditions for its domestic firms to export raw shrimp and fish to the Australian market.

Statistics of the general Department of Customs showed Vietnam shipped $410 million worth of agro-forestry-aquatic products to Australia in January-September, of which seafood took the lead, followed by wooden products, coffee and cashew nuts. The export value of vegetables and fruit was still low because Australia has just opened its market to Vietnam’s farm produce.

Meanwhile, the total export value of Australia’s agro-forestry-aquatic products to Vietnam hit around $497 million, with wheat alone making up $289 million, followed by cotton (US$119 million), and dairy products.


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