Online consultation supports agro-aquatic product exports to Netherlands

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 08:52

Shrimp processed for export at Minh Phu Seafood Corp in the southern province of Hau Giang. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh

The Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) and the Vietnamese Trade Office in the Netherlands on Tuesday organised a virtual consultation on the export of agro-aquatic products to the European market.

As part of the online conference on export and distribution of farm produce and aquatic products in the southern and Central Highlands regions, the event attracted over 100 representatives from Vietnamese agencies, organisations and exporters.

According to Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, deputy head of Vietrade’s export assistance centre, key products listed by Vietnamese exporters include fresh and processed fruit, mushrooms, processed cashews, and shrimp.

At the consultation, Vo Thi Ngoc Diep, Vietnamese Trade Counsellor in the Netherlands, and Pham Van Hien, Director of the LTP Import Export B.V., answered more than 20 questions raised by Vietnamese firms.

Diep stressed the European market is open without any priorities and restrictions on agro-aquatic products, adding the country’s willingness to import those meeting European and its requirements, and local demand.

Since August 2020, Viet Nam and the EU, of which the Netherlands is a member, have implemented their Free Trade Agreement (EUVFTA), offering many tax incentives and opportunities for Vietnamese exporters.

Diep said a large number of Vietnamese firms have utilised certificates of origin (C/O) issued for exports to the EU to access the Netherlands’ preferential import tariffs.

Highlighting advantages of Vietnamese aquatic products in the Netherlands, the official pointed to the products’ competition against those from Bangladesh, India and Ecuador, among other nations, in recent years.

She said the Netherlands now mainly imports fresh fruit from South America thanks to advantages in terms of transport duration and prices.

Diep advised Vietnamese firms to seek ways to compete and boost the quality of their products.

Hien said 50 per cent of his company’s total imports are from Viet Nam and expressed his wish to increase the proportion.

He recommended Vietnamese enterprises use environmentally friendly packaging, as the Dutch market refuses those made of plastic. He also underscored the need to ensure food safety and pesticide residues within the allowable limits for fresh and dried fruit and vegetables. — VNS

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