China temporarily suspends import of Vietnamese dragon fruit

VOV.VN - China is set to temporarily halt all imports of Vietnamese dragon fruit through its border gates with the northern province of Lang Son for one month, starting from December 29 after the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on three shipments.

This information was released during a meeting held on December 29 with the participation of representatives from Lang Son province and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. 

As part of efforts to minimise economic damage to farmers and businesses, the Lang Son People's Committee requested that the Ministry of Industry and Trade provide support for accelerating domestic consumption.

Furthermore, it will co-ordinate alongside the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to devise a plan for processing and preserving the product within container trucks.

Most notably, the provincial People's Committee is in the process of studying a pilot co-operation mechanism among border provinces in order to invest in building testing and quarantine centres for the purpose of preliminarily processing and packaging high-quality fresh fruit.

Once tested at these facilities, these fruit will be directly shipped to China and other markets for consumption, a process which will shorten customs clearance time and reduce costs faced by businesses.

At present, the Lang Son People's Committee has proposed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Department of Vietnam Customs hold talks with Chinese authorities to agree on quarantine regulations between both sides and resume the export of dragon fruit as swiftly as possible.

Recently, the Lang Son Department of Industry and Trade issued a decision to temporarily halt the transportation of goods to border gates in order to ease the deadlock occurring there.

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