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The potential of Vietnamese agricultural exports to the Indian market

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

The potential of Vietnamese agricultural exports to the Indian market is gaining significant traction. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has reported a notable increase in the potential export products from Vietnam to India during the first four months of this year. This surge in trade is evident in various sectors, including wood and wood products, rubber products, and coffee. The value of wood and wood product exports to India reached 21 million USD, marking a remarkable increase of 171% compared to the same period last year. Similarly, rubber product exports witnessed a growth rate of 21%, amounting to 5.2 million USD. Additionally, the coffee sector experienced a surge of 73%, with exports reaching 27 million USD.

The potential export products from Vietnam to India during the first four months of this year
The potential export products from Vietnam to India during the first four months of this year

The Asian-African Market Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade has revealed that India has recently implemented foreign trade policies for 2023, presenting lucrative opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises to expand their exports in the categories of agricultural and aquatic products, agricultural production machinery and equipment, fertilizers, chemicals, and more. India's trade policies for 2023 aim to simplify business operations by streamlining management, licensing, and approval procedures through online platforms. The reduction of administrative procedures is expected to save time and financial resources for businesses, fostering a favorable environment for trade and commerce. This move aligns with India's vision to promote domestic manufacturing through the "Make in India" strategy.

India's increasing import demand

India's increasing import demand extends beyond finished products, encompassing raw materials and supplies necessary for domestic production. The projected rise in imports includes agricultural and aquatic products, spices, agricultural production supplies, agricultural machinery, and equipment. This presents a golden opportunity for Vietnamese businesses seeking to boost their exports to the Indian market, especially in areas where Vietnam possesses a competitive advantage. Notably, Vietnam's strengths lie in agricultural products such as coffee, pepper, cashews, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and turmeric. Moreover, seafood, fertilizers, chemicals, agricultural machinery, and various consumer goods are also in high demand.


India presents an attractive destination for Vietnamese

In line with these developments, the Vietnam Trade Office in India has shared that the upcoming World Food India 2023 exhibition and conference will take place from November 3rd to 5th, 2023, at the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Center in New Delhi. This event, organized by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries of India in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), will attract large global companies and Indian enterprises from the agriculture and food processing sectors. The exhibition will focus on showcasing India's strengths through national pavilions as well as state-level pavilions, where each region will display its unique products.


India, as the world's second-largest agricultural producer and the third-largest economy in terms of purchasing power, offers a rapidly expanding food market. With favorable economic policies and financial incentives, India presents an attractive destination for Vietnamese businesses seeking to expand their export markets. Currently, India ranks as Vietnam's 8th largest trading partner, accounting for approximately 80% of Vietnam's total trade volume with other South Asian countries. Conversely, Vietnam is India's 23rd largest trading partner globally and the 4th largest within the ASEAN region. In 2022, the bilateral trade volume between Vietnam and India reached a record high of 15 billion USD.


The potential for Vietnamese agricultural exports to the Indian market is immense. Vietnamese businesses should seize these opportunities to expand their presence and tap into India's growing agricultural market. With India's trade policies for 2023, the simplification of business activities, and the upcoming World Food India 2023 event, it is crucial for Vietnamese enterprises to actively engage in promoting and capitalizing on these prospects.


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