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Vietnam fruit and vegetable imports up 40% in first half

Staff Writer |
Fruit and vegetable imports hit $351 million during the first half of this year, up 40% over the same period of two years ago, the General Department of Vietnam Customs reports.

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Higher volumes of imported fruit and vegetables came from key markets- Australia (up four times to nearly $20 million), and New Zealand (double to nearly $11.3 million).

Other markets like the Republic of Korea, India, South Africa and Brazil also experienced relatively high import growth while imports from China saw a slight increase of 30% to $80 million.

Thailand remained the top fruit and vegetable exporter of Vietnam.

Vietnam spent $200 million importing Thai fruit and vegetables last year and $144 million for the first half of this year.

The US was also among top three biggest importers with $32 million during the corresponding months.

Judging from the Vietnamese market, prices of imported fruit from the US, Australia and New Zealand are much higher than those of domestic and Chinese fruit.

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