VGP – The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has recently sent a public note to propose India to comply with international practice and eliminate its temporary ban on Vietnamese agricultural products.
The MoIT also send a document to the Vietnamese Embassy in India to request that the public note would be delivered to relevant Indian ministries and agencies.
The ban was introduced in early March, blocking all agricultural imports of Vietnamese coffee, black pepper, cassava, cinnamon and dragon fruits; and taking effect since March 7.
Right after receiving the information, the MoIT convened a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to resolve the emerging issue as soon as possible and avoid negative impacts on the bilateral ties.
The PM also assigned the MARD to work with the MoIT and relevant ministries and agencies to research and report proposals in appropriate orientations in this month.
Earlier, Vietnamese MARD Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong signed a decision on temporary ban on the import of Indian peanuts, cassia seeds, cocoa seeds, common beans and tamarind from the South Asian country. The Vietnamese ban reasoned the high risk of Indian nuts being infected with Caryedon serratus, a species of beetle not found in Vietnam and which could be harmful to the Southeast Asian country’s crops.
Viet Nam exported close to 46,000 metric tons of coffee beans to its South Asian trade partner in 2016, raking in US$79.4 million in turnover, according to statistics from the General Department of Viet Nam Customs.
India imported 11,000 metric tons of black pepper corns worthUS$84.2 million from Viet Nam last year.
Shipments to India made up 2.5 % and 6.2% of Viet Nam’s total coffee and black pepper corn exports in 2016, respectively./.
By Kim Loan