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Cashews: USA urges Vietnam to prioritise vaccination of industry

August 9, 2021 4:29 PM, Der AUDITOR
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HANOI/BEIJING. The Food Industry of America (FIA) has urged Vietnam to prioritise vaccinating workers in agricultural production and food processing, especially in the cashew industry, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on 3 August. As local media report, the social distancing measures and restrictions in place to curb the fourth wave of the pandemic are expected to jeopardise production and transportation of cashew nuts in Vietnam. Ports in China are confronted with chaotic weather conditions.

Vietnam urged to retain leading position

The Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas) responded swiftly by forwarding the letter in an urgent dispatch to the prime minister. Issue is that cashews are highly important to Vietnam's economy. As Than Nien Newspaper, for instance, emphasises in accordance with Ministry of Industry and Trade data Vietnam exported 3240,00 mt of chashe kernels worth USD 1.97 billion between January and July 2021. This is 21.4% up in terms of volume and 14% up in terms of value on the same period in 2020. Demand in the US and EU is expected to further boost exports in the third quarter. This may, however, be jeopardised as Vietnam is forced to put restrictions in place to fight the fourth wave of the pandemic. The FIA goes a step further by highlighting that nonthing less than Vietnam's leading position is a stake in the letter, which is publicly available on the Vinacas website:

The U.S. market accounts for nearly one-third of the $3.5 billion value of annual Vietnamese cashew kernel exports and keeping a steady supply is key to encouraging continued growth. We urge you [the prime minister] to work with VINACAS, the Vietnamese cashew industry trade association, to implement vaccination and other Covid protocols to help Vietnam retain its leadership within the sector, a position that if lost, may never be regained.

No response to the letter has been issued so far. Cashew kernels from Vietnam are, meanwhile, trading firm in Europe. Prices for WW320 cashew kernels range at EUR 6.85/ kg FCA Spain.

Cashew kernels, Vietnam

Type

EUR/kg

Roasted and salted

6.95

White splits

5.05

Large white pieces

3.95

WW320

6.85

WW240

7.30

FCA Spain

Storms hit China

Logistics are also an issue. China is confronted with storms and typhoons. Yantian port was, for instance, temporarily unable to accept any container shipments and the situation is not better in many other ports. This is not exactly improving the situation for exporters, who have been confronted with a lack of containers and horrendous freight charges for months. Vinacas reckons that freight charges will continue to rise and that there will be further delivery delays. Prices are, meanwhile, firm in India.

Cashew nuts, India

Type

USD/mt

W240

9,993

W320

8,649

W450

7,842

LWP

6,767

SWP

5,422

FOB India

 

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