Vietnam resumes export of fresh bananas to China
Fresh bananas transported by air-conditioned container trucks to China via Kim Thanh Border Gate. (Photo: QUOC HONG)
NDO – Chinese enterprises have re-started the import of fresh bananas from Vietnam through the Kim Thanh Border Gate in Lao Cai province, according to the Management Board of Lao Cai Province Economic Zone on September 1.
During the three days from August 29-31, about 300 tonnes of fresh bananas were transported to Hekou, China via the border gate.
The bananas were grown in concentrated banana growing areas in Muong Khuong and Bao Thang districts, Lao Cai province and were transported by air-conditioned container trucks to China.
Previously, the Chinese side had suspended the import of Vietnamese fresh bananas through the Kim Thanh Border Gate from August 5 due to the requirements of COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control.
The Department of Industry and Trade of Lao Cai province has actively discussed with Hekou district to resume the exchange of agricultural products.
The Chinese side said that the Vietnamese banana is a type of fresh fruit that has long been allowed to be imported into China by the Chinese inspection and quarantine agency and is once again included in the list of permitted exports. As long as the fruit meets testing and quarantine requirements for imported fruits, it is allowed to be shipped to China, according to Director of the Department of Industry and Trade of Lao Cai province Hoang Chi Hien.
The Chinese side also asked Vietnamese enterprises to comply with all requirements on COVID-19 prevention and control for exported goods and vehicles, ensuring the safe operation of the border gate between the two sides.
Bananas are mainly grown in the districts of Bao Thang, Bat Xat and Muong Khuong, Lao Cai province. The province is expected to harvest over 85,300 tonnes of bananas in 2021.
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