According to the statistics of the General Department of Customs, Vietnam spends more than USD 80 million/month to import fruit and vegetables. In the first 2 months of 2017, Vietnam spent US$ 164 million to import fruit and vegetables from dozens of countries such as Australia, USA, Chile, New Zealand, Thailand and China.
Australia is considered one of the major fruit suppliers to Vietnam. However, Vietnam officially stopped importing 38 types of Australian fruit in early 2015 due to concern about fruit fly at that time.
In 2014, Vietnam's fruit import from Australia represented 10%-15% of Vietnam's total fruit import, equivalent to US$ 40 million.
Two-way trade of fruit has been improved since Vietnam officially opened its market to oranges, mandarins and grapes from Australia on August, 1, 2015.
The two countries have been discussing on measures to remove phytosanitary barriers, facilitating Australia’s exporting more 35 types of fresh fruit to Vietnam.
In addition, Vietnam wishes to export more fruit and vegetables to Australia as a potential market, to contribute to economic development of Vietnam. By Linh Bui