Thursday 15th December 2011, 16:04 London
Vietnamese fresh exports smash target
Fruit and vegetable shipments from the country top the yearly target of US$470m by November, and could hit US$600m
Vietnam's fresh produce export turnover could hit US$600m by the end of the year, according to Huynh Quang Dau, vice-president of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association.
If the country's fruit and vegetable export sector was to hit the mark, it would make Vietnam the 5th largest fresh produce exporter in Asia, Vietnam Investment Review reported.
Quang Dau noted that Vietnam 's turnover had already hit US$515m by the end of November, an increase of 40.6 per cent on the previous year and well over the yearly target of US$470m.
Japan remains the largest importer of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables, with purchases worth up to US$51.2m, representing yearly growth of 21 per cent.
Top products for export include dragonfruit, star apples, mangosteen, longan and lychee.