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Vietnamese durian is regarded as 'expensive' in the Chinese market.

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Vietnam's fresh durians predominantly find their way to the Chinese market, accounting for a substantial 83% of the total export value of fruits. As a result, Vietnam has been granted 293 cultivation area codes and 115 packaging facility codes by China for official export to its market.

Durian exports increased sharply, causing the price of this item to reach a record high
Durian exports increased sharply, causing the price of this item to reach a record high

Rapid Increase in Durian Exports.


Durian exports from Vietnam have seen remarkable growth of 41% since 2019. Fresh durians have been exported to 22 countries worldwide, with annual export volumes ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 tons. In the first four months of 2023, the export value of durians experienced a remarkable surge, reaching $190.5 million USD. This staggering increase of 573.1% compared to the same period in 2022 highlights the growing demand for Vietnamese durians in the international market. The primary destination for exported durians remains China, accounting for 84.3% of the total export value.

Enterprises purchasing durian qualified to export to China
Enterprises purchasing durian qualified to export to China

Opening of the Chinese Market.


The year 2022 marked the opening of the Chinese market for Vietnamese durians, resulting in an export volume of over 46,000 tons of fresh durians. In the first five months of 2023, the export volume of fresh durians reached over 65,000 tons, showcasing a 41% increase compared to the entire year of 2022. China remains the largest market for Vietnamese durian imports.


Dominance of China in Durian Imports:


In 2022, the volume of durian exports to China constituted 78% of Vietnam's total durian exports. For the first five months of 2023, the proportion of fresh durian exports to China surged to a staggering 97%.


Durian export value in May 2023
Durian export value in May 2023

Efficiency at International Border Crossings:

From the beginning of 2023 until May 30th, authorities at the Huu Nghi International Border Gate (Lang Son) processed customs procedures for 1,601 batches of officially exported durian shipments to China, amounting to nearly 60,000 tons. In May 2023 alone, the export volume of durians through the Huu Nghi Border Gate surpassed 17,500 tons. It is estimated that the export volume of fresh durians through the Huu Nghi Border Gate in June 2023 could exceed 20,000 tons.




Expert Insight:


Mr. Dang Phuc Nguyen, the Secretary General of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association, predicts this promising growth. He foresees that with the continued demand from China, Vietnam's durian exports could achieve the remarkable milestone of $1 billion USD in the current year. This achievement would elevate durians to the category of billion-dollar agricultural exports, further boosting the country's agricultural trade profile.

Official export to China has created an impetus to raise the level of Vietnamese durian
Official export to China has created an impetus to raise the level of Vietnamese durian

The surge in durian exports during the first four months of 2023, driven by strong demand from the Chinese market, underscores the exceptional growth potential of Vietnam's durian industry. With experts projecting the possibility of reaching $1 billion USD in exports this year, the future looks bright for Vietnamese durian growers and exporters, solidifying the fruit's position as a valuable contributor to the country's agricultural export sector.

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