Increase in recent fruit exports to China expected because of improved land transport move

Exports of fresh fruit to China are anticipated to surge by no less than 10% this yr, because of improved land transport flow and better cross-border commerce facilitation. Commerce Permanent Secretary Keerati Rushchano revealed that land border transportation for contemporary fruit is predicted to rise significantly within the coming months, with durian making up about 80-90% of the transported produce.
Fresh fruit exports to China are estimated to reach 2.5 million tonnes, valued at US$5.59 billion, this 12 months. Land border transport difficulties held again fruit exports in 2022, especially throughout China’s strict Covid-19 control measures. Consequently, fruit exports to China amounted to solely 2.25 million tonnes, growing 2.7% from the previous 12 months, however their worth decreased by 2.5%, from US$5.17 billion in 2021 to US$5.04 billion in 2022.
Keerati recently led a group of senior Commerce Ministry officers to examine fruit transport routes and procedures at Huu Nghi international checkpoint and Dong Dang railway station in Lang Son province, Vietnam. The go to aimed to spice up preparations for the anticipated rise in domestic fruit production from April to August.
The Commerce Ministry has engaged in discussions with senior officers in Lang Son province to seek their cooperation in exporting Thai fruits through the border and cross-border commerce at Huu Nghi checkpoint and Dong Dang station. These checkpoints serve as critical transit points for transporting Thai fruit to China’s Youyi Guan checkpoint.
The Dong Dang railway checkpoint hyperlinks to China’s Pingxiang railway checkpoint, approximately 171 kilometres from Hanoi and just over one kilometre from the Huu Nghi checkpoint. Thailand depends on this railway checkpoint to export predominantly durian to the Chinese market. In 2022, through the fruit season, round 10-20 containers of durian had been transported to China day by day by way of this railway checkpoint.
Commerce Ministry information reveals that China imported fruit price US$14.6 billion in 2022, with Thailand being the top exporter. The 5 most imported fruits by China have been Cavendish bananas, young coconut, durian, dragon fruit, and longan. Last yr, China bought 95% of its durians from Thailand and imported 523,000 tonnes of younger coconuts.
Thailand exports fruit to China primarily through three channels: by sea (51%), by land (48%), and by air (0.54%). Land transport is the preferred route for Thai exporters as a result of decrease costs. This yr, the ministry has set a goal for contemporary and processed fruit exports to succeed in 4.44 million tonnes, a 10% enhance in both amount and worth from the earlier year’s figure of 4.04 million tonnes price 263 billion baht.
More affirmed that the ministry is proactively addressing land border transportation points for fresh fruits, anticipating their development as export volumes improve in the future. The ministry proposes establishing a working group involving Thailand, Vietnam, and China to discuss and resolve transportation challenges, with direct communication via an official hotline for streamlined problem-solving.
Doan Thu Ha, Vice-Chairman of the People’s Committee of Lang Son, confirmed that the province has accepted the proposal to type a trilateral working group to tackle cross-border goods transportation issues and discover methods to enhance trade and funding cooperation between Thailand and Vietnam..

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