Throughout 2019, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports failed to achieve the expected results due to exports falling by 1 per cent to only US$3.8 billion in comparison to 2018. This decrease can be attributed to the fallout of the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, while the sector has struggled to take full advantage of the opportunities gained from newly signed FTAs. In addition, the existing inadequacies has made the industry fail to meet the set target of US$4 billion. This year , the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association is sanguine about the industry’s export value which is expected to reach approximately US$5 billion with the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) poised to come into force. When the EVFTA takes full effect, the country’s export tariff on fruit and vegetable products being exported to Europe will instantly be slashed to zero per cent. According to a statement issued by the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association, several local vegetable and fruit products have started to make inroads into more demanding markets. For example, mangoes have officially risen to become the nation’s sixth fresh fruit that is exported to the US market, following litchi, longan, rambutan, star apples, and… Read full this story
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