Increase in Canadian beef imports: customs service

By Hong Chau December 10, 2021 | 8:19 p.m. PT

Canadian beef imported into a store in HCMC. Photo courtesy of the store

Vietnam imported 8,900 tonnes of Canadian beef worth $ 57.9 million between January and October, according to the Vietnamese Customs Department.

These numbers represent 2.8 times and 3.8 times the amount and value of the same period last year.

Canadian beef import turnover will increase sharply in the coming times, Canadian Consul General Behzad Babakhanic told HCMC, noting that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is boosting trade between Canada and Vietnam, especially in agricultural products, including beef.

Vietnam is Canada’s largest market in Southeast Asia with an average two-way trade of C $ 9 billion (US $ 7.07) per year, Babakhanic said.

Canadian beef is sold in many supermarkets in Vietnam at prices similar to Vietnamese beef.

“I’m surprised to know that the price of Canadian beef here is quite low, the lowest of all imported beef,” said Thanh, a buyer at a supermarket on Nguyen Oanh Road in HCMC.

Thanh noted that the price of a kilogram of short-plate, flank American beef was 350,000 VND ($ 15), while that of Canadian beef was 210,000 VND ($ 9).

Vietnam imported 50,000 tonnes of beef worth $ 220 million, half of which came from Australia, between January and October, the department said.

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