During the first five months of this year, Vietnam earned nearly US$1.9 billion from fruit and vegetables exports. According to the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association (Vinafruit), this amounts to a year-on-year increase of 29%. Among the top 10 consumers, China took the lead, spending US$805 million on Vietnamese fruit and vegetables, making up 59% of the market share, up 6% year on year. Other leading consumers of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables included the United States, the Netherlands and Malaysia.
Vinafruit general secretary Dang Phuc Nguyen attributed the surge to increasing demand from China and the US. With Covid-19 brought under control, 2023 has seen China consume most Vietnamese fruits, including dragon fruit, durian, mango and jackfruit. So far 11 Vietnamese fruits have been licensed to officially enter the Chinese market, namely durian, dragon fruit, watermelon, lychee, longan, banana, mango, jackfruit, rambutan, mangosteen, and passion fruit.