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Vietnam has recorded tangible changes in agro-forestry-fishery exports thanks to preferential tariffs in trade with member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) after five years the trade pact took effect.
According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the country’s export of agro-forestry-aquatic products to CPTPP member nations has consistently increased in recent years, hitting USD 2.9 billion in 2022 from USD 2.2 billion in 2019.
The CPTPP is the second-fastest-growing seafood export market for Vietnam, following China. It accounted for 25 percent of Vietnam's seafood exports in 2018 and nearly 27 percent in 2023. The most robust growth in exports is observed in Canada, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia.
For the Japanese market, Vietnam has boosted its export of various agricultural products in recent times, including fruits and vegetables. The Southeast Asian nation has emerged as the 12th largest supplier of fruits and nuts to Japan.
The agreement has also made it easier for Vietnam's agricultural products to access the Australian market. Notably, Vietnamese shrimp products dominate this market with a share of over 70 percent, nearly doubling from the figure recorded before the agreement was inked.
In addition to traditional markets, Chile is also a potential one for Vietnam’s agricultural exports. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, products prioritized as exports to Chile include pepper, cashew nuts, tea, coffee, honey, seafood, and wood products.
The UK officially signed an agreement to join the CPTPP in July last year, creating more opportunities for Vietnam's agricultural sector to diversify its markets and increase its competitive advantage.
Insiders said that to effectively capitalize on the opportunities brought by the pact, producers and exporters of agro-forestry-aquatic products need to pay special attention to standards, consumer trends, and product designs; and improve production processes and comply with labour and environmental standards as outlined in the trade deal, and meet specific requirements of each market.
Furthermore, concerning Latin American markets such as Mexico, Chile, and Peru, Vietnamese businesses currently lack information about consumer preferences and demands, so the export turnover to these markets remains limited.
Vietnamese authorities and trade offices in these countries should provide more support to businesses in trade promotion activities, they said.-(VNA/VLLF)