At present, China represents the largest import market for Vietnamese fruit and vegetables, with approximately 80% of the nation’s fruits and vegetables being shipped by sea.
However, the northern neighbour is in the process of tightening pandemic control measures through its "Zero COVID" strategy and has therefore made a decision to strictly enforce isolation regulations for crew members.
As a result of this policy, several shipment vessel operators through ports in southern China have decided to suspend services for at least six weeks during the Lunar New Year holiday.
Due to this the transportation of goods through numerous seaports is set to become more difficult and put greater pressure on exports by road.
Furthermore, this will create difficulty for the export of fruit and vegetables to other countries and territories through transshipment ports located in southern China, not only for Vietnamese exports.