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US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Grains Council representatives welcome historic corn shipment to Vietnam

Released at: 17:54, 07/05/2018

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Grains Council representatives welcome historic corn shipment to Vietnam

Photo: The US Embassy

Corn and feed ingredients are necessary for Vietnam's expanding dairy and livestock sectors.

by Hai My

According to an official announcement by the US Embassy, US Department of Agriculture and US Grains Council representatives, with the assistance of the Quang Ninh Port Joint Stock Company in the Port of Cai Lan, welcomed the first direct shipment of US corn to Vietnam on May 3.

The shipment, which was 67,000 metric tons of US corn that arrived from the US Pacific Northwest, is the first vessel to arrive after USDA and Vietnamese plant health officials agreed to a new plant health protocol in September of last year.  The shipment is also the first of many US shipments of corn and other feed ingredients destined for Vietnam, which include soybeans, soybean meal and distiller’s dried grains. 

The corn and feed ingredients are destined for Vietnam’s rapidly expanding dairy and livestock sectors. Vietnam, which produces approximately 30 million metric tons of feed per year, has emerged as a leading market for US corn and feed ingredients, with US exports of these products nearing $700 million annually. Vietnamese importers in attendance noted the high quality of the corn and the importance of strong relationships with US suppliers. The U.S. Grains Council provides trade servicing to Vietnamese feed and livestock producers to support the export of US grains.  

At a separate meeting, the delegation discussed port and trade developments with local Port Authority Representatives and Plant Protection Department Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

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