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DUBAI: May 23, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo says there's been a "near five-fold" increase in fruit exports from Vietnam to Dubai in the past year. Vietnam's agro-forestry-fishery industry is forecasting exports of over US$32 billion worldwide by the end of 2017.

EK Sky Cargo VietnamAccording to the country's ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2017 Q1 exports rose 7.6 percent year-on-year to reach US$7.6 billion, with March alone producing US$2.9 billion.

Of this total, farm products contributed US$4.2 billion, a yearly rise of 13.5 percent, with coffee exports increasing 25.6 percent to US$1 billion. The strongest growth was in the Republic of Korea (up 79.3 percent), the U.S. (60 percent), Algeria (50.1 percent), Spain (33.6 percent), Germany (28.8 percent), the UK (27.4 percent), Japan (21 percent) and Italy (20.2 percent).

Emirates SkyCargo said it has been working with Vietnam's Trade Promotion Agency 'Vietrade' to help develop exports to the UAE and other parts of the Middle East. As a result the volume of perishable air exports set a record 110 tonnes in January.

"Vietnam has huge comparative advantages in agriculture," said Pham Binh Dam, Vietnam ambassador to the UAE. "We are happy to see the sharp increase in volume in the past year and will continue to work with Vietnamese producers and exporters for their greater market penetration. We thank Emirates SkyCargo for listening to us and for the great cooperation," he added.

Emirates will launch a daily B777-300ER passenger flight from Dubai to Hanoi from July 01 with up to 20 tonnes capacity per flight – adding to a current weekly total of 580 tonnes on 18 flights including four freighter services.

"Emirates SkyCargo started operations in Vietnam in 2008 and has played an important role in the growing trade between Vietnam and the UAE," commented Ravishankar Mirle, Emirates vice president Cargo Commercial, Far East and Australasia.

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