2020 will be Spain’s first full season shipping table grapes to Vietnam, after gaining access in 2018 and completing successful trial shipments in 2019. Fepex reports that the first shipment of grapes from the Murcia departed for Vietnam on 9 July. Spain represents a new source of table grapes in the June-October window. Trade missions have involved Spanish grape producers (Moyca, El Ciruelo, Frutas Esther, Uniland, Frutas Torero and Hispagroup) visiting Vietnam, and reciprocal visits to Spain made by Vietnamese importers.
First full campaign for Spanish grapes in Vietnam commences
Stiff competition forces retailers out of Vietnam market
Vietnam is one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, with GDP growth hitting 7% in 2019. Due to the current pandemic, GDP growth in 2020 is expected to be down to 2.8%, according to Trade Data Monitor (TDM). Imports of agrifood products for Vietnam’s retail food channels were down 22% percent Y-O-Y, from US$20.4 billion in 2018 to $15.9 billion in 2019.
4th HortEx Vietnam expo on 17-19 March 2021
The 4th edition of HortEx Vietnam will take place from 17-19 March 2021 in the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City. HortEx Vietnam is the first specialised exhibition and conference for horticultural and floricultural production and processing technology in Vietnam. HortEx Vietnam has built up a solid position as the leading exhibition for horticulture and floriculture for Vietnam and neighbouring countries.
Efforts made to boost Australian-Vietnam trade
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been placed on Australian produce entering Vietnam. However, following a meeting last week between Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Tran Tuan Anh, and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, Vietnam has vowed to remove the obstacles, according to Vietnam Plus. The two ministers agreed on ways to work together to restore supply chains of the major partners.
Safety accreditation for Vietnamese vegetables
Vietnam’s farmers now have an accreditation programme (VietGAP) to guarantee the safety of their produce and help them enter the lucrative markets of Hanoi and abroad. The north-western areas of Moc Chau and Van Ho in the Son La province are highly dependent on agriculture. There has been a rise in demand among Hanoi’s urban population for the products of the north-western mountains as they are viewed as “authentic”, safe and high-quality with taste and nutrition.
New train route between China and Vietnam
A new train line between Vietnam and China is expected to promote an increase in trade between the two countries. The first shipment to arrive by this route at the end of February was over 150 tons of dragon fruit, which left the Dong Dang train station in northern Vietnam and arrived at the Pingxiang railway port in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, reports Xinhua.
First Italian apples to land in Vietnam
After five years of negotiations, Italian cooperative VOG has announced the export of the first shipment of Italian-grown apples to Vietnam. The first shipment will consist of 8 tons of South-Tyrolean apples. The biggest hurdle to be overcome during negotiations was clarification of phytosanitary requirements. These matters have now been resolved following several site inspections conducted by the Asian plant protection authority.