Fruit, vegetable exports predicted to top US$5.5 billion

October 16, 2023 | SGGP News USDA |

Vietnam's fruit and vegetable exports have been flourishing, with a remarkable 72% year-on-year increase, reaching $4.2 billion in the first nine months of the year. This surpasses the previous record of $3.81 billion set in 2018. According to the Vietnam Vegetable and Fruit Association (VINAFRUIT), imports during this period were around $1.46 billion, marking a minor 0.1% decrease.

The primary export destinations for Vietnamese produce include China, the United States, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan, and the Netherlands. Exports to China experienced a substantial surge, totaling over $2.26 billion and growing by 134% year on year. Durian exports, in particular, showed remarkable growth, generating more than $1.28 billion in export value during the first eight months of the year, primarily due to increased exports to China. Other fruits like jackfruit, mango, lychee, watermelon, pomelo, and longan also saw strong export growth, with potential for coconut exports to contribute to further expansion.