11:15 | 12/05/2018 Trade
The first direct shipment of US corn to Vietnam has arrived in the country with the assistance of the Quang Ninh Port Joint Stock Company in the Port of Cai Lan, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Grains Council representatives.
|Tran Trong Nghia, US Grains Council's Vietnam Representative; Manuel Sanchez, US Grains Council's Regional Director; Robert Hanson, Agricultural Counselor, US Embassy in Vietnam; Conrad Estrada, Regional Director, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, US Embassy in Vietnam and Thu Pham, Agricultural Specialist, US Embassy in Vietnam, stand behind approximately 10,000 tonnes of the total cargo - Source: US Embassy in Vietnam|
The shipment of 67,000 metric tonnes of corn that arrived from the United States Pacific Northwest is the first vessel to arrive after USDA and Vietnamese plant health officials agreed to a new plant health protocol in September in 2017, according to the US Embassy in Vietnam.
The May 3 shipment is also the first of many US shipments of corn and other feed ingredients destined for Vietnam, including soybeans, soybean meal and distiller’s dried grains. The corn and feed ingredients are destined for the rapidly expanding dairy and livestock sectors of Vietnam.
Vietnam, which produces approximately 30 million metric tons of feed per year, has emerged as a leading market for US corn and feed ingredients, buying nearly US$700 million of these products from the US annually.
Vietnamese importers present at the reception of the shipment noted the high quality of the corn and the importance of strong relationships with US suppliers. The US Grains Council provides trade servicing to Vietnamese feed and livestock producers to support the export of US grains.