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Greek Olive Oil Exports Trapped in Vietnam

avgenakisAccording to a document that was sent by the Greek Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, to the Hellenic Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Rural Development and Food, with the subject Blocking of Greek olive oil import in Vietnam, Messenian-Greek exports of olive oil and olives to Vietnam are blocked, as the Messenian products are in the customs office in Hanoi at Hai Phong Harbor.

MP of Heraklion, Lefteris Avgenakis, said in Parliament that, “The Vietnamese authorities are putting obstacles citing new circulars in order to allow import of food of plant and animal origin.”

“According to relevant publications, it has been reported that the embassy’s document conceals the fact that they have been informed of the Vietnamese decision, which requires updating of the Greek legislation concerning pesticides, since March,” the MP said.

Avgenakis pointed out, “This situation affects Greek exporters, while there is a risk of losing a new market, which was opened painstakingly by private initiative. In contrast, competitor countries on olive oil’s export immediately responded to the Vietnamese’s request gaining the market.”

The MP of Heraklion stressed that the market in question will be lost, while the exporter, who is waiting to be paid by the Vietnamese with receipt of the cargo which still remains in the harbor’s warehouses, will be financially destroyed.

Avgenakis requests that the blocking of exports of Messenian olive oil, as well as of all food originating from plant and animals exported to Vietnam, at the customs office in Vietnam stops, and asks who is responsible for this delay which has resulted in the products being held at the customs office in Vietnam.

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