According to the General Department of Customs, Vietnam imported fruits and vegetables worth USD31 million in the first two weeks of March, up USD7 million and USD15 million compared to the same period of last year and 2015 respectively.
The figure put fruit and vegetables top among Vietnam’s imported goods this month.
Vietnam spent up to USD194 million on fruit and vegetable imports between January and March 15 this year. Last year, up to 45% of Vietnam’s imported vegetables and fruits were from Thailand, while 25% was from China, with the remainder from other countries like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.
Free trade agreements between Vietnam and South Korea, Australia and New Zealand have also opened the way for products into the country from these countries.