Thailand has surpassed China to become the largest exporter of vegetables and fruits into Vietnam via official channels.
Official statistics show that by the end of September, imports of vegetables and fruits from Thailand valued at more than US$135 million, compared with nearly $100 million from China.
Vietnam spent $73 million to import Thai vegetables and fruits in the first half of this year.
The number rose to $106 million by the end of July. Thai vegetables and fruits made up 34.2 percent of Vietnam’s market share, while Chinese products made up 23.1 percent.
The key Thai products are durian, mangosteen and tamarind.
Experts said Chinese products lost their dominating position in Vietnamese market over the last few months due to the Vietnamese customers’ boycott of Chinese goods follows China's illegal placement of a $1-billion oil rig in Vietnamese waters in mid-May.
They said Vietnamese consumers are turning to Thai fruit products because of good appearance, quality and food safety standards.