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Last updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

 

Paving the Way to Export Agricultural, Aquatic Products to Australia

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017


Australia is one of Vietnam's largest export markets of agricultural and fishery products, bringing some US$450 million a year to the latter in the 2011 - 2016 period, with a growth rate of 8.3 per cent a year on average. Seeing the high prospect of exporting agricultural and aquatic products to Australia, Vietnam has sought to promote exports and expand this market.

With respect to market opening after the adoption of the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which was effective in 2010 with import tariffs brought to zero, Vietnam’s shipments of agricultural and aquatic products to Australia increased markedly in the 2011 - 2016 period, with vegetables and fruits climbing 27.7 per cent a year, cashew nuts jumping 12.9 per cent and seafood looking up 6.9 per cent. This contributed to the country’s overall export value increase to this market.

With regard to the removal of technical barriers, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has been actively coordinating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to remove technical barriers to unlock the gate for its shrimp and some fresh fruits to enter the Australian market. Although negotiations for each item are hard and time-consuming (usually 5-10 years; litchi required 12 years, mango took seven years), Vietnam has so far managed to bring litchi (2015) and mango (2016) to Australia and thus created another “playground” for its fresh fruits.

As for shrimp, just after Australia announced the suspension of import of some shrimp products and undercooked shrimp from Vietnam (from January 9, 2017), the Ministry of Industry and Trade timely and closely collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to request the Government of Australia to consider lifting the import suspension order at all bilateral and multilateral forums (ASEAN, APEC and WTO).

After four rounds of notification on loosening the suspension, on May 31, 2017, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources removed seven Vietnamese marinated shrimps and undercooked shrimp products from Vietnam out of the suspension order, adding that Australia will start accepting import orders from Vietnam after the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam confirms to Australia that Vietnam can meet new import conditions.

As of June 15, 2017 Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources accepted import applications for uncooked shrimps that are naturally caught in Australia and then exported to Vietnam for further processing and then exported to Australia.

Currently, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is still working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to urge the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to speed up the review of Vietnam's white-spot disease-free facilities and recognised Vietnam's quality control systems in order to allow Vietnamese full-body shrimp to be imported into the Australian market soon. If the above market opening is completed, Vietnam will become the first country to export full-body shrimp to Australia.

After opening up the Australian market for litchi and mango, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are actively exchanging and working with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to export more fresh fruits (dragon fruit, rambutan, star apple and longan) of Vietnam to Australia, with the first and immediate priority given to dragon fruit. Dragon fruit is the main export fruit of Vietnam with an export value of US$895.7 million in 2016, accounting for 50.3 per cent of Vietnam’s fresh fruit export value and 36.1 per cent of its fruit and vegetable export earnings.

Regarding trade connection and promotion support in Australia, Vietnam has carried out communications and trade promotion events in Australia such as Vietnam Litchi Day in Melbourne and Vietnam Litchi Week in Sydney to introduce Vietnam’s high-quality agricultural products like mango, litchi and seafood.
In the coming time, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will work with concerned agencies to carry out seek and recommend large Australian corporations to transfer their advanced agricultural technologies and models to Vietnam (processing technology, by-product recycling technology, breeding technology, etc.), especially origins of shrimps, vegetables and fruits to improve the quality and competitiveness of Vietnamese products. It will continue to study the Australian market to seek export potential for Vietnamese products and assist Vietnamese firms to directly take part in Australian wholesale and retail distribution networks.

Huong Ly








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