Vietnamese fresh lychee (Photo: VNA)
Lao Ca​i (VNA) – Businesses sought to promote the exports of Vietnamese fresh lychees to China via Lao Cai border gate at a meeting in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on May 27.

The event was jointly held by the People’s Committees of Lao Cai, Bac Giang, Hai Duong and Hung Yen provinces which account for a large lychee-growing area in the country as part of the national trade promotion programme 2016.

Authorities pledged to facilitate administrative procedures, ensure transport safety, and enhance market management to reduce frauds in the trade of the fruit.

Deputy Director of the Lao Cai Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Truong Giang said the provincial management board of economic zones has asked farmers to study the market to have proper export policy in place.

The province also advised farmers and businesses to export via trade contracts to avoid the risk of economic losses.

It pledged to create the best conditions for firms to export fresh lychees through Lao Cai border gate, he added.

Yang Peng, deputy chief of the Hekou district in China ’s southern Yunnan province said the Chinese side will make it easier for bilateral trade and customs procedures.

The district’s authorities asked Vietnamese firms to strictly follow the customs procedures of the two countries, he added.

More than 26,000 tonnes of fresh lychees worth 11.6 billion USD were exported to China via Lao Cai international border gate in 2015.

In 2016, the volume of fresh lychees exported via the gate is expected to be equal with the previous year, about 420 tonnes per day.-VNA