Vietnam was the fifth largest buyer of US apples last year with an import value of 51 million USD, up 48 percent year-on-year.
Todd Fryhover, head of the Washington Apple Commission, speaks at the event. (haiquanonline.com.vn)
The figures were unveiled by Benjamin Petlock, Agricultural Attaché at the US Consulate General in Vietnam, at a recent programme promoting the fruit held by the Washington Apple Commission in Ho Chi Minh City.
In the first ten months of this year, imports reached 40 million USD, compared to 30 million USD recorded in the same period last year.
Petlock said American farmers expect higher apple consumption in the Southeast Asian country.
Trade between Vietnam and the US has grown strongly for many years and continues to set new records.
It was recorded at only 220 million USD in 1994 when the US officially lifted economic sanctions against Vietnam, and reached 1.4 billion USD in 2001 – the year before their bilateral trade agreement took effect. The figure hit 58.8 billion USD in 2018 and 35.4 billion USD in the first half of 2019.-VNA
It’s unbelievable but true though Vietnam is one of the planet’s tropical fruit meccas, Vietnamese consumers pour a lot of money on foreign fruits.
Longan has become the fourth kind of Vietnamese fruit to be exported to Australia after litchi, mango and dragon fruit. However, experts say there is still a lot of work needed for Vietnam to secure a firm foothold in the market.