Updated: Nov 29, 2022
The first batch of fresh pomelo from Ben Tre, Vietnam for export to the US was announced at a ceremony held in the Mekong Delta province on November 28. Let's review this historical event in Vietnam's agriculture with Vagrofood.
After over five years of negotiations, the US Department of Agriculture officially licensed the import of the fruit earlier this year, making it the seventh fresh fruit of Vietnam permitted to enter the market, following mango, longan, lychee, dragon fruit, rambutan, and star apple.
Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said the US is a fastidious market, but its demand for fresh fruits remains tremendous.
He noted that for the coming into being of this first batch, growing and packing facilities had to prepare themselves and undergo many stages of inspection by specialised agencies of both countries, so that their production meets the requirements of quarantine and harmful organisms control, and safety and hygiene; complies with packaging regulations; and ensures accurate traceability.
Vietnam’s pomelo plantations cover 105,400ha in total, yielding nearly 905,000 tonnes annually. Of the total area, Ben Tre accounts for about 10,000ha with an annual productivity of more than 200,000 tonnes.
As pomelo has thick skin, it is easy to preserve for a long time after harvest, which makes it possible to transport by sea, according to the official.
Besides, agricultural products and pomelo in particular are subject to preferential tariffs under free trade agreements to which Vietnam is a member, hence the large potential for pomelo export to many markets.
Additionally, Vietnamese pomelo also has the opportunity to expand in Indonesia and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, people has high demand for fresh pomelo, spending 36.4 million USD to import pomelo last year, an year-on-year increase of 28.2%.
Vietnam ranked second in exporting pomelo to Hong Kong with export revenue of 2.5 million USD, after Thailand with 7.8 million USD in 2021.
However, in the first seven months of this year, Vietnam’s export of pomelo to Hong Kong increased 133% against the same period last year to reach 2.53 million USD, becoming the largest pomelo exporter to Hong Kong.
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