Asia Coffee: Trade Remains Frozen In Vietnam Amid Lockdown Easing In Some Parts


HANOI/BANDAR LAMPUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) – Coffee trading in Vietnam remained frozen even as the government eased a 15-day lockdown for some parts of the Southeast Asian country, while fresh beans had started to come in Indonesia, traders said on Thursday.

Late on Wednesday, Vietnam’s government extended a two-week period of social distancing for 12 provinces in the country, but lifted those measures for most rural areas, including the coffee belt of Central Highlands.

“Although restrictions have been eased here, elsewhere such as Ho Chi Minh City, where the main port is and other big cities in the world, lockdown is still in force and is preventing trading activities from resumption,” a Central Highlands based trader said.

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