Singapore imports Vietnamese litchi directlyfor first time

06-Jun-2020 Intellasia | DTI News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Singapore has directly imported Vietnamese litchi for the first time.

Ameii Vietnam JSC in the northern province of Hai Duong recently exported the first 6.5 tonnes of litchi to Singapore; while Rong Do Production, Trade and Services Co Ltd also shipped the first 20 tonnes of litchi to Australia and the US.

Trinh Van Thien, chair of Hai Duong Province’s Thanh Ha District, said that in previous years, Chinese traders used to come to Vietnam to buy litchi and then exported the product to neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

Since February when the Covid-19-pandemic broke out, Singapore has sought to import farm produces from different markets due to being suspended by the supply from China. Southeast Asian markets such as Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand are among the top priorities of Singapore.

At a recent online meeting to boost Vietnam’s farm produce and seafood exports to Singapore, some Singaporean fruit importers expressed their interest in the high-quality litchi grown in Bac Giang and Hai Duong provinces.

Vietnam News Agency cited Tran Thu Quynh, trade counsellor in Singapore, as saying that besides Vietnamese litchi imported by Chinese traders into Singapore, the market was importing litchi from Thailand and Taiwan, but the Singaporean market likes Vietnamese litchi due to their good taste.

Strengthening trade promotion activities for Vietnamese litchi and Bac Giang litchi in particular in the Singapore market would be a good solution to increase Vietnamese litchi being directly exported to Singapore.

This year, Bac Giang has 28,000ha growing litchi with an estimated total output of 160,000 tonnes.

Meanwhile, Japan has granted area codes to 19 areas. China has granted area codes for 149 areas and export licenses for 288 packaging facilities in Bac Giang.


Category: Economy, Vietnam

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