Vietnam’s fruit imports from South Korea surge
Korea’s pear exports to Vietnam surged by 9,440 times in the 2011-16 period, from $52,000 in 2011 to $4.96 million last year.
Its apple exports to Vietnam also went up by 928.8 per cent in the period, from $66,000 to $679,000.
Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar in HCM City, Cao Thị Quỳnh Giao, director of Lâm Khải Hoàn Co.Ltd, said her company imports about two to five containers (each container having a loading capacity of 600kg) of pears and apples from South Korea to distribute to supermarkets in Vietnam.
Lee Soon Nyung, managing director of Hyun Jin Corporation, said Korea exports about 25,000 tonnes of pears a year, with the US (10,000 tonnes), Taiwan (10,000 tonnes) and Vietnam (2,000 tonnes) being three biggest export markets.
It exports about 3,400 tonnes of apples a year, of which 2,000 tonnes is exported to Taiwan and 300 tonnes to Vietnam.
As Vietnam does not cultivate pears and apples, many businesses have imported them from other countries to supply in the market. Vietnamese people are fond of Korean fruits, especially apples and pears, he said. ■