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Opportunity to increase exports of Vietnamese rice

13 June 2024

(VAN) The Philippines reduced the rice import tax from 35% to 15%. Businesses in the Mekong Delta believed there was an opportunity for Vietnamese rice to keep prices high and boost exports to this market.

Mr. Pham Thai Binh, chairman of the board of directors of Trung An High-tech Agriculture Joint Stock Company (Can Tho City), said that the Philippines' import tax cut would be an opportunity for Vietnamese rice to keep its price high.

"With the sharp reduction in tariffs, importers will buy a lot of Vietnamese rice. Therefore, rice exporting businesses must use this opportunity to keep Vietnamese rice prices high. Because there is a lot of demand for rice in the world", Mr. Binh said.

The leader of a rice exporting business in Soc Trang said that if the Philippines reduces the rice import tax, rice exporting businesses, and Vietnamese rice farmers will benefit.

"The reduction of import tax on rice from 35% to 15% until 2028 is good news. Because the Philippines has been a large rice importer of Vietnam for many years," this person said.

Mr. Nguyen Muoi Hoa (a good farmer in Vien Binh commune, Tran De district, Soc Trang province), with about 200 fields, said the news that the Philippines will cut import taxes on rice makes rice growers very excited.

"When a leading rice importing country makes this move, it will benefit Vietnamese businesses and rice farmers. Hopefully, businesses will share the benefits with farmers," Mr. Hoa expected.

It is known that from January 1 to May 23, 2024, Vietnamese rice exported to the Philippines reached 1.44 million tons, accounting for 72.9% of the Philippines' total rice imports. In 2023, Vietnam exported more than 3.1 million tons of rice to the Philippine market, with a total value of over USD 1.74 billion.

Source : nongnghiep