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The export of bananas, durians, and jackfruit from Vietnam to China and Laos surged in the year’s first four months.
The export value of vegetables and fruits reached $1.39 billion, up 19.4% over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
China led the consumption of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables with 58.7% market share, valued at $576.4 million in the first quarter of the year, up 27.4% over the same period in 2022.
Laos, South Korea and Japan also increased imports of Vietnamese fruits. Exports of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits to Laos increased the most, by 2.8 times.
Durian, jackfruit and banana had a significant increase in exports. In the first quarter, Vietnam’s durian export turnover reached $153.5 million, up more than 8.3 times over the same period last year. China accounted for 87% of the market share with a turnover of $133.6 million.
Thousands of tons of durian have been exported to China every month. Vietnamese durians are ordered in large quantities because of their good quality, suitability for local tastes and prices that are more attractive than produce from Malaysia and Thailand.