At the conference. (Photo: VNA)

Ha Giang (VNA) – The potential for Vietnamese farm produce exports to China and the market’s quarantine requirements were discussed at a conference in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on December 26.

The event, held by the provincial People’s Committee and the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Department of Asia-Africa Market, aims to connect businesses and managers from Vietnam and China, helping boost shipments of farm produce to the neighbouring country.

According to To Ngoc Son, Deputy Head of the Department of Asia-Africa Market, the two countries have enjoyed robust two-way trade in the past year, with Vietnam China’s largest trade partner in ASEAN while China is the second largest export market of Vietnam.

He noted that during January-November, Vietnam earned 6.98 billion USD from farm produce exports to China, 40 percent more than in the same period last year.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade pays attention to sustainable shipments to foreign markets, including China, he said.

Most Vietnamese agricultural exports to China, including fruit, cassava and dried seafood, are shipped via Thanh Thuy International Border Gate in Ha Giang province.

In 2017, nearly 350 enterprises had products shipped to China through the gate, up 200 from last year.-VNA