Source: New Hanoi (http://hanoimoi.com.vn/tin-tuc/ Kinh-te/1001465/day-manh-xuat-khau-nong-san-thuc-pham-viet-nam-toi-nhat- ban?fbclid=IwAR0a0C8OtVApDM494FYnUXKag753NaymVhsEQpyLzjL8oeuv4QP2OAmUGiI)

On June 2, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency – VIETRADE (Ministry of Industry and Trade) coordinated with the ASEAN – Japan Trade and Tourism Promotion Center and the Vietnam Trade Office in Japan to jointly organize an online trade conference of Vietnam – Japan agricultural and food products 2021.

A quick view of the conference at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The conference aims to support Vietnamese businesses to boost the export of agricultural products and food products to the Japanese market, and implement the national program on trade promotion in 2021. Nearly 100 exporters and importers of agricultural products and foods from Vietnam and Japan participated in the conference.

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Vu Ba Phu, Director of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency stated that in the first 4 months of 2021, despite the epidemic, import and export turnover between Vietnam and Japan reached 16 billion USD, increased by nearly 6% over the same period last year, the structure of import and export goods between the two countries is complementary. Japan has a great demand for agricultural, forestry, fishery and consumer goods, while Vietnam has a great advantage in the production of these items. Vietnam and Japan are members of three free trade agreements, so there are many trade opportunities for businesses, especially the prospect of cooperation and joining the regional and global supply chains.

Makoto Nakamura, an international trade consultant, said that Japan has great demand for coffee, fresh fruit, tea, and other products such as nuts, shrimp, tuna and processed foods… The retail food market such as supermarkets and convenience stores has a scale of about US$409 billion, while the food and vegetable market in hotels and restaurants is about $227 billion.

Mr. Makoto Nakamura also introduced the scale and main products of major supermarket chains in Japan such as CGC, Costco Wholesale, Gyoumu… to help Vietnamese businesses participate in the supply of goods. In addition, every year, Japan organizes large-scale trade promotion activities such as: International Food and Beverage Exhibition (Foodex Japan) in March, trade introduction for the retail industry fair in mid-February and also Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo.

At the conference, a representative of Yen Bai Department of Industry and Trade informed that Yen Bai has the advantage of tea (especially Suoi Giang tea), cinnamon, tapioca starch, Tu Le sticky rice and some types of fish cultured in the Thac Ba lake.

On the side of Phu Tho province, Mr. Dang Viet Phuong, deputy director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, said that Phu Tho has a large tea output; besides bananas and Doan Hung pomelos; cattle and poultry which are raised according to the model of applying high technology.

In order for Vietnamese agricultural products and food to have a more freely access to the Japanese market, Mr. Makoto Nakamura recommended, Vietnamese enterprises should pay attention to meeting the provisions of the Law on Food Safety and Hygiene of Japan. In particular, Vietnamese businesses need to carefully check whether their products’s names and images have been protected in Japan or not.