Shipments of U.S. blueberries shipped to Vietnam must be accompanied by an Import Permit (IP) and a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC). Shipments must follow the 2019 agreed upon work plan. USDA Animal and Plant Health Protection Inspection Service (APHIS) or APHIS-approved officials issue the required phytosanitary certificates..
Vietnam agreed to officially open their market for fresh U.S. blueberry imports on February 13, 2019. As of June 25, 2019, Vietnam’s Plant Protection Department began issuing IPs for fresh blueberry fruit (Vaccinium corymbosum and Vaccinium virginatum, as well as Vaccinium corymbosum hybrids). Requirements of the systems approach must be verified during the phytosanitary inspection at the registered packing facility. All California blueberry exporters who wish to ship to Vietnam must register and become certified by APHIS officials prior to the season. If a shipper previously registered and was added to the list, it is not necessary to repeat this process before each season. Please contact the Commission office for more information on this registered shippers list.
According to the 2019 fresh blueberry market access agreement, blueberries imported from the U.S. into Vietnam shall comply with following requirements:
2.1.1. Conditions, which are applied for risk management of Drosophila suzukii, Rhagoletis mendax, Acrobasis vaccinia, Choristoneura rosaceana, Grapholita packardi, Exobasidium vaccinia and Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi at production field/orchards managed according to integrated pest management (IPM), are specified in Annex 2.
2.1.2. Following conditions are applied for risk management of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae, Pseudomonas viridiflava, Diaspidiotus ancylus, Lepidosaphes ulmi, Pinnaspis strachani, Diaporthe vaccinia at production field/orchards:
Annex 1 – List of Quarantine Pests
Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae
For 87 pesticides with U.S. blueberry MRLs, 59 pesticides have no Vietnam MRL established, and 8 have a Vietnam MRL more restrictive than the U.S. MRL. Twenty (20) of these pesticides have a Vietnam MRL harmonized with or set higher than the U.S. MRL.