Vietnam has exported agro-forestry-aquatic products to more than 180 countries and territories globally, with several commodities such as coffee, rice, vegetables, shrimp, and tra fish (Pangasius) earning more than US$1 billion each.
The country’s agricultural sector has set a target of enjoying an export turnover of over US$43 billion this year, although agro-forestry-aquatic exports during the opening five months of the year suffered an annual decline of 4.1% to only US$15.49 billion.
This drop can largely be attributed to the negative impact caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has rapidly spread through several major consumers of Vietnamese agro-forestry-aquatic products, including China, the United States, Japan, and a number of European countries.
Delegates attending the seminar emphasised that the quality of goods must follow VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards in order to make further inroads into foreign markets, noting that local firms must strive to improve the added value of goods by applying technology during the processing and preservation stages.
Delegates also pointed to difficulties in exporting agricultural products to China, Vietnam’s main consumer, saying China has now required enterprises to export through official channels as opposed to unofficial ones. In addition, it has also set high requirements in terms of product quality and origin traceability of goods.
Vi Cong Tuong, Deputy Director of Customs Department of Lang Son province that borders China, advised local firms to execute contracts they sign with partners to avoid risks and prepare necessary documents to verify the origin of goods instead of stamps as previously.