China is currently the largest consumption market for bird’s nests in the world, so the official import of Vietnamese bird’s nest is expected to increase the export turnover of this item in the near future, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Currently, there are about 23,800 bird nest houses in the whole country. The localities with the fastest growing number of swiftlet houses are Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa and Lam Dong.
With an output of 150-200 tons per year, Vietnamese bird’s nests have been exported to China over the past time, earning about US$200-300 million per year.
Do Van Hoan, deputy head of the Livestock Breeds Department, Department of Livestock Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the official exports of bird nests to China must be registered with competent agencies in Vietnam and are approved by the General Administration of Customs of China.
Each bird’s nest house will be given a code, and this is one of the conditions for bird’s net exports to China.
Therefore, swiftlet farming establishments and businesses need to contact relevant agencies for assistance in completing export procedures, he added.