EU is potential market for Vietnamese honey exports

09:03 | 03/11/2017 Cooperation

At a seminar on maintaining and expanding the market share of Vietnamese honey exports to the EU, in Ho Chi Minh City, on November 1, experts said the European Union (EU) is promising to become a potential market for Vietnamese honey exports thanks to the continuously increased export output in recent years.

eu is potential market for vietnamese honey exports
At the seminar on maintaining and expanding the market share of Vietnamese honey exports to the EU - Credit: VGP

At the seminar, the experts emphasised that in order to enhance exports, Vietnamese honey products should meet the quality requirements from importers.

In March 2013, Vietnam’s honey products were allowed to be exported to the EU market as they met the technical requirements in the management and monitoring of chemical residue. However, until now exports to the EU still account a small proportion in Vietnam's total export of the product worldwide.

From the beginning of the year up to September 15, Vietnam exported approximately 29,000 tonnes of honey, including 1,469 tonnes to the EU.

Chairman of the Vietnamese Beekeepers Association Dinh Quyet Tam said the import demands of EU market increases by 5.5%-7% per year, while the number of bee colonies and beekeepers in EU tends to decrease. In addition, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will soon become effective, creating conditions for enterprises to increase their honey export output to this demanding market.

EU-Mutrap’s international experts said that Vietnamese enterprises need to change their production process in order to fully meet the standards required by importers. In addition, it is essential to build the Vietnamese honey brand in the EU market, as well as setting out a strategy to develop the beekeeping industry in the country.

Sharing about this issue, Le Thanh Hoa, deputy director of SPS Vietnam said that it is necessary to apply VietGap standards in beekeeping in Vietnam that could meet standards of import markets. Meanwhile, honey exporters should play a leading role in the value chain (beekeepers-buyers-exporters) and control the value chain following the EU standards.

The event was held by the European trade policy and investment support project (EU-Mutrap).

Huy Toan