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Vietnam exports first batch of milk to China

The announcement ceremony on exporting Vietnam’s first batch of milk to China was held in capital city of Hanoi yesterday.

A signing of exporting Vietnam’s first batch of milk to China market under the witness of Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue and Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh

A signing of exporting Vietnam’s first batch of milk to China market under the witness of Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue and Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh

The event based on the Protocol signed between the Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the China’s General Administration of Customs in April. 

According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, this is the first time that Vietnamese dairy products are exported to the Chinese market. With the advantage, four other companies had submitted applications to export dairy products to the 1.4 billion people market.
Attending in the ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong and other senior leaders.

China is the world's leading import market of milk prorducts. Last year, the country imported milk and dairy products from other countries with a value of nearly US$ 10 billion. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation forecasts, China's consumption demand for milk and dairy products will continue to rise with its import growth expected to be around 45 percent by 2025. 

Therefore, the ceremony marks an extraordinarily important event for Vietnam's agriculture sector in general and the dairy industry in particular in an attempt to boost export of high quality agricultural products to potential markets, especially the Chinese market. 

This has also been the result of drastic and effective implementation of veterinary and public health requirements for Vietnamese dairy products for seven recent years. 

Over the past six months since the Protocol between the Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the China’s General Administration of Customs was signed, the China’s General Administration of Customs has just issued a Notice Announcement No.156/2019 to officially allow import of dairy products from Vietnam to the market.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 100 percent of current dairy farms of enterprises registering to export dairy products to China are approved by authorized veterinary management agencies. They have organized testing and taken samples to supervise diseases pursuant to the provisions of the protocol and regulations of the World Organization for Animal Health - OIE and Vietnam.

A dossier assessment will be scheduled to submit to OIE for evaluation and recognition of disease-free dairy cow breeding areas in Vietnam by December of 2022.

BY VAN PHUC – Translated by Huyen Huong

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