From today, Argentine products of plant, animal and fish origin, can enter the Vietnamese market. Health services in Argentina and Vietnam signed a bill that will allow Argentinean products to enter this market of 90 million people, which is a growing consumer of imported food. The signing of the document is the result of negotiations initiated from the visit of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to Vietnam in January 2013, continued by the Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the National Service Food Health and Quality (SENASA).
Trade with Vietnam is of particular relevance to Argentina: in 2013, the country exported to Vietnam USD$ 1.300 billion, with a surplus of 1.100 million. The agri-food products accounted for a high percentage of these exports. The Vietnamese market opening is in line with the Growth Program and Diversification of Exports (PADEx), coordinated by the Foreign Ministry of Argentina, under which Vietnam was included as a priority destination.
In this context, the agreement will provide greater certainty to Argentine producers and exporters and will allow them to diversify the basket of products offered. The agreement will also allow resuming exports of vaccine beef, poultry and fish products, suspended in 2011, and to start exporting a series of products of plant origin, including barley beer, pisingallo maize, vegetables and sunflower seeds. The agreement also opens the door to future fruit exports from Argentina to Vietnam. The country is expecting to conclude the process to export citrus and blueberries.
The signed certificate recognizes the safety control system of Argentina and declares our country as "approved for exporting products of plant, animal and fishery origin to Vietnam." In the signing of the agreement, which also stipulates that Vietnam may export fishery products to our country, included the presence of officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and of SENASA, and Deputy Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development and Trade and Industry of Vietnam.
Date: June 19, 2014