Firms need to foster lychee exports

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 09:47

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HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Enterprises should export lychees via trade contracts to avoid the risk of economic losses and comply with standards in harvesting and packaging to ensure the quality of lychees for export, said Deputy head of Lang Son Department of Customs Vy Cong Tuong.

During a conference on promoting lychee exports held yesterday in the province, Tuong also emphasised the importance of establishing an association for lychee exporters to better facilitate the firms and provide them with latest market information.

Deputy chairman of Lang Son People's Committee Nguyen Cong Truong said the province had drawn up several measures to accelerate lychee exports, especially to the Chinese market, with a focus on extending the customs clearance time, improving infrastructures of border-gate economic zones and opening more warehouses at the provincial border gates.

The committee also requested relevant authorities and sectors to create the most favourable conditions for lychee exporters, Truong said.

Lang Son Province's statistics revealed that more than 90,000 tonnes of fresh and dried lychee, valued at about US$130 million, were shipped to China via the province's border gates last year.

According to experts, lychee farmers needed to adopt VietGap and Global-Gap standards on more areas to improve the quality of their fruits and meet hygiene and food safety requirements in both domestic and export markets.

Businesses should pay attention to packaging and building brands for the fruit, they said, adding that building a value chain for the fruit was very important.— VNS

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