Chinese fruit 'super cheap' massively entered Vietnam, 'smashing to death' domestic goods

SAI GON, Vietnam (NV) – Chinese fruits from apples, grapes, pomegranates, melons, etc., are imported and sold in Vietnam at unprecedentedly low prices, with some selling for only a few thousand dong per kilogram.

Speaking to VNExpress newspaper, Ms. Loan, a small fruit seller at Thai Binh market, district 1, Saigon, said that Chinese fruit is in season so the price is very cheap. Currently, stone apples, seedless red grapes, and pomegranates are priced at only 1/3 of the domestic products.

A fruit stall at Ba Chieu market displays many Chinese goods. (Image: Nguyen Tri/Tuoi Tre)

Specifically, ruby ​​grapes in 5-kg barrels are priced from only 180,000 to 200,000 VND ($7.9 to $8.7), while green grapes are priced at 220,000 VND ($9.6) per 8.5 kg box. As for iced apples and milk pears, the price is 35,000 VND ($1.5)/kg, and if you buy in bulk, the price drops to about 20,000 VND (87 cents), even cheaper…

“For more than a week, imported goods from China have been transported to Saigon quite a lot, so the price is cheaper than domestic goods,” Loan said.

Ms. Hanh, who sells fruit in District 8, added that when Saigon began to relax the distance, the amount of Chinese fruit at her store increased sharply. Every day she sells to wholesale customers up to a ton, and retail customers every time they buy online, they also have a box of 5 to 10 kg.

Similarly in Hanoi, Chinese fruits are also sold a lot in markets, and online.

Ms. Hang, a trader in Cau Giay district, said green grapes, ruby ​​grapes, pomegranates and Chinese apples are being imported a lot. Cheapest price compared to imported goods from other countries.

Currently, every day, Ms. Hang imports a truck of about 3 tons of fruit to distribute in Hanoi and other provinces. In particular, wholesale ice apples in a 7 kg box is only 120,000 VND ($5.2). Thus, each kilogram of stone apple is only about 17,000 VND (74 cents).

Representatives of wholesale markets in Hanoi and Saigon also said that the price of Chinese fruit this year is cheaper and more expensive than every year.

“Although the market has just opened a transit point, the amount of fruit coming here is increasing gradually. In which, mainly Chinese goods with the amount of 134 tons,” a representative of Thu Duc agricultural wholesale market told VNExpress on the evening of October 12.

A carton of Chinese candy grapes is sold for less than $7. (Image: TC/VietNamNet)

According to the General Department of Customs, in the first eight months of 2021, the number of agricultural, forestry and fishery products imported from China into Vietnam reached $2.1 billion, up more than 50% over the same period last year.

In which, vegetables and fruits imported from this country reached $236 million, up 34.4% over the same period in 2020. Recently, when agricultural products such as Chinese grapes, apples, and pomegranates are in season, the volume to Vietnam has increased sharply. . (Tr.N)

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