Viet Nam has won an export contract of 7,000 tons of rice to Japan at a tender organized by the Japanese government early this month, according to sources from the Viet Nam Commercial Affairs Office in Japan.
The contract, the fifth this year, brought the total quantity of Viet Nam’s rice exported to Japan to 102,078 tones, including 3,000 tons of sticky rice.
In 2005, Viet Nam only exported 79,024 tons, including 80 tons of sticky rice, to Japan.
Viet Nam grossed about 3 billion JPY (US$26.6 million) from rice export to Japan in the first eight months of this year, said the Viet Nam Commercial Affairs Office in Japan.
The continuous winning of rice export contracts with increasing quantity to Japan, which is one of the highly protective rice markets, is the positive sign for Viet Nam. Japan has increased import of Viet Nam’s sticky rice, which has not been exported by Thailand and the US, by 40 times.
The Viet Nam Commercial Affairs Office in Japan has advised Vietnamese rice exporters to enhance the control of rice planting, producing and preservation for meeting strict demands of the Japanese market.