According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, over 10 Chinese merchants dominate the selection and reception of quality watermelons at the border gates. After harvest, Vietnamese traders transport watermelons to the Vietnam-China border, but the right of selection and receipt of the qualified fruit entirely belongs to Chinese traders…Full Article: VietnamNet Apr 2015

Key Point

  • According to a Deputy Minister of Vietnam, China will import ~130,000 MTs of Vietnamese watermelons in 2015. The minister noted demand has been increasing 10% annually.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2009 to 2013, mainland Chinese imports of fresh watermelons from Vietnam increased from 135,545 MTs to 198,966 MTs. Burma (Myanmar) was the second largest supplier and saw their volumes drop from 124,380 MTs to 50,730 MTs over the same period.
  • Malaysia is the top supplier of fresh watermelons to the Hong Kong market.

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