Vietnamese pepper sees a strong upward trend

The pepper prices have surged to levels ranging from VND119,000-VND120,000 per kg. — Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI: The Vietnam Pepper and Spice Association has expected pepper prices to continue rising every week.

The association predicts that prices could hit new peaks of VND350,000 - 400,000 per kg - and even from this high base, increases will continue for the next decade.

Although prices could fluctuate day by day, they are still on upward trend in the long term.

Pepper prices on Monday (May 27) surged to levels ranging from VND119,000-VND120,000 per kg in Dak Lak, Dac Nong, Gia Lai, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Binh Phuoc provinces.

Experts say that this week the domestic and international pepper prices will not increase as fast as they did last week, but the market is not ready to cool down and it is likely to anchor at over VND120,000 per kg.

Shortage of empty containers has pushed marine freight costs up by an average of about 30 per cent in recent weeks.

This too has pushed up the price of agricultural products, including pepper.

Last week, the pepper prices increased by VND9,000 per kg, over a total of five consecutive days.

This represents a price increase of VND80,000 per kg, or 238 per cent, from a low of VND34,000 per kg in 2020.

Prices are also being pushed by demand outstripping supply and worryingly, while experts believe that the demand for spices will continue to increase, many Vietnamese pepper growing areas are barren, so there is not much room for expansion.

The volume of raw pepper sold on the market is also still low, because the pepper growers expect prices to continue to increase.

Last week, trading sessions of the International Pepper Community (IPC) showed big fluctuations.

Vietnamese black pepper was traded at US$4,800-$5,000 per tonne, depending on each type, while white pepper price was at $7,200 per tonne.

That price was at $5,000 per tonne for Lampung (Indonesia) black pepper and Brazilian black pepper and $4,900 per tonne of Kuching (Malaysia) ASTA black pepper.

Trade in white pepper showed a price increase to $7,179 per tonne of Muntok (Indonesia) white pepper and $7,300 per tonne of Malaysian ASTA white pepper. — Vietnam News/ANN

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