Vietnam was the fourth largest supplier of mango, guava and mangosteen to Russia in January this year, reaching 226 tonnes, worth $807,000, up 114 per cent in volume and 62.7 per cent in value compared to January last year.
The proportion of imports from Vietnam accounted for 6.1 per cent of Russian total import volume.
Statistics of the International Trade Center (ITC) showed that imports of mango, guava and mangosteen of the Russian market grew sharply in the 2016-2020 period, increasing 68.4 per cent per year on average.
Import value reached $83.46 million last year, up 187.7 per cent over 2019 and 612.2 per cent higher than 2016.
Russia imported the most mango, guava and mangosteen from Peru in January this year. The proportion of imports from this market accounted for 69.4 per cent of the total import volume.
The Russian market still had plenty of room for Vietnamese exporters to exploit as Russian fruit and vegetable production was still limited, and due to climatic conditions, the country could not produce tropical fruit and vegetables, ITC said.
Meanwhile, the demand for vegetables and fruits among Russian people is increasing. Therefore, Russia has to import up to two thirds of its annual fruit and vegetable consumption.
According to statistics from the General Department of Customs, the export of vegetables and fruits reached $403.71 million last month, up 12.9 per cent compared to March 2020.
Export of vegetables and fruits increased continuously in the past three months, after decreasing since September.
Exports of vegetables and fruits reached $966.72 million from the beginning of the year to the end of March, up 8.7 per cent year-on-year.
Vietnam's fruit and vegetable exports to Australia, Taiwan, Russia and Malaysia also grew strongly in the first three months of this year, while exports to markets such as Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and the Netherlands dropped.
VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK