Vietnam has opened several new markets for fruit exports, but China is still the main export market for fruit from Vietnam. Production areas and traders in Vietnam are well aware of this and highly value the Chinese market. Furthermore, they have begun to change their opinion of China as a low-end market.
The main market for Vietnamese agricultural products in China is Guangxi, with its population of 58 million people. The value of Vietnamese export through Lang Son Province to China reached 3 billion USD in 2017, which is an increase of 22% in comparison with 2016. Agricultural products counted for 2.4 billion USD or 80% of that export value, which is an increase of 120% in comparison with 2016.
Vietnam exported 3 million tons of agricultural products through Lang Son Province to China in 2017. The majority of that export volume consisted of fruit. The main export fruit was dragon fruit with an average annual export volume of 400-500 thousand tons. Next came longan and lychee, with a combined export volume that increased from 277 thousand tons in 2015 to 362 thousand tons in 2016, but dropped again to 222 thousand tons in 2017 as a result of poor harvests.