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VN to import 300,000 tonnes of raw cashew

Viet Nam will need to import more than 300,000 tonnes of raw cashew nuts in the remaining months of the year for processing to meet the demand of importers, according to processing companies.

Cao Thuc Uy, CEO of Cao Phát Co Ltd, one of the country’s leading cashew processors and exporters, said last year, 1.3 million tonnes of raw materials were imported.

In the first eight months of this year, 825,000 tonnes were imported, mostly from West African countries.

“If the export volume this year is equal to that of last year, we will need to import 300,000 tonnes,” Uy said.

Viet Nam exported 353,000 tonnes of processed cashew nuts last year. Four kilogrammes of raw cashew yield a kilogramme of nuts.

In the first eight months of this year, 242,000 tonnes have been exported.

At a recent international cashew conference, African suppliers said their inventories were still very high.

Uy and other Vietnamese processors said they could buy the raw cashew but only if they meet standards. They complained about the quality of African materials, saying the quality is often lower than stated in contracts, and they incur losses as a result.

“We need high-quality products,” Uy said.

Phạm Van Cong, president of the Việt Nam Cashew Association (Vinacas), said next year the association would use Việt Nam National Standard TCVN:2018 for imports of raw cashew.

It is expected to be a basis for Vietnamese companies and foreign raw cashew suppliers to trade and deal with trade disputes if any, he said.

Accordingly, from next year, imports must meet certain requirements such as grading, sensory requirements, physical properties and food safety.

Adama Coulibaly, director general of the Ivory Coast’s Cashew and Cotton Council, said his country produced over 710,000 tonnes of raw cashew nuts last year, but only processed about 178,000 tonnes.

It wanted to co-operate with Vinacas to develop its cashew sector, he said.

Nguyen Minh Hoa, vice president of Vinacas, was quoted by the International Nut and Dried Nut Council as saying global raw cashew output would continue rising, especially in east and west Africa.

“Global output is forecast to reach 3.8-4 million tonnes by 2020. Four million tonnes may be the saturation point for the … global cashew consumption market.”

Viet Nam is the global leader in cashew processing and technology and also the largest raw cashew importer, accounting for a third of global output.

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