China’s customs authorities have approved Vietnam's 246 farming area codes and 97 packaging facility codes that fully meet the requirements for export to the Chinese market.
Deputy Director of the Vietnam Sanitary and Phytosanitary Notification Authority and Enquiry Point (SPS Vietnam) Ngo Xuan Nam said China is considering another 36 growing area codes and 18 packing facility codes for approval in the next time.
Farming area codes are meant for traceability to facilitate agricultural exports.
Qualified durians need to weigh three kilos each and meet stringent safety standards. They are required to have traceability stamps as well, which will be presented in English or Chinese and show the name of the packaging facility.
China, the world's largest durian market, began importing the fruit from Vietnam in 2022 after approving 51 farming area codes.
In 2022, Vietnam's durian export turnover was nearly US$400 million, and of that, US$300 million to China.
The country now has about 50,000-60,000ha of durian growing areas for official export, mainly in Tay Ninh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Tien Giang and Dak Lak provinces.
Durian will be the 11th Vietnamese fruit to enter the Chinese market via official channels, following a protocol signed by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan in July 2022.
The protocol on phytosanitary requirements for Vietnamese durian exported to China is effective within three years. It will be sent to the General Administration of Customs of China and published on its portal, together with lists of eligible durian growing areas and packing facilities of Vietnam.