With 51 growing area codes and 25 packaging facilities, Vietnam’s durian has been approved by China with a total area of about 3,000 hectares, equivalent to 3% of the country’s total durian cultivation area (according to the Department of Crop Production). Exporting companies are expected to send approximately 13,000 – 14,000 tons of durian to China every month. This quantity is relatively small compared to the demand from the Chinese market, as some businesses have export contracts for about 1.3 million tons per year. However, this is an initial achievement that confirms Vietnam’s durian has passed stringent inspection procedures and meets the high requirements of this market.
In addition, “Great potential comes with high risks.” According to representatives of Vietnamese businesses, in addition to meeting technical standards and ensuring food safety, durian exported to China must also undergo strict selection in terms of external appearance and maturity.
“The first impression” is crucial at this time. Businesses, cooperatives, and relevant state management units under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development need to collaborate and support each other wholeheartedly during this phase. Just a few containers or a batch of falsely labeled growing area codes or mixed products from areas without growing area codes could jeopardize the efforts of the entire collection and even lose the Chinese market!
Therefore, let’s join hands to develop safety and sustainability together!