Shrimp export sales expected to recover after difficult 2015

Friday, May 06, 2016 08:17

The export value of shrimp in the second quarter would increase by 10 per cent to US$788 million against the first quarter. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Exports of Vietnamese shrimp products are expected to experience a strong recovery in the first half of this year after a slowdown last year.

The export value of shrimp in the second quarter would increase by 10 per cent to US$788 million against the first quarter, the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP) said.

The total shrimp export value for this entire year was predicted to gain a year-on-year growth of 12 per cent to $3.3 billion.

In the second quarter, Viet Nam's shrimp exports to Russia and China would increase as they were considered the major markets, and the local exports to the United States (US) and European Union (EU) would also be higher because of lower inventory in those markets.

The association reported that in the first quarter Viet Nam witnessed a recovery in exports after a drop last year. The export value reached a year-on-year increase of 7.9 per cent to $619.2 million.

The growth was a result of higher exports to the world market, stability in the monetary market and higher demand from major markets, the association said. In addition, lower shrimp exports of other shrimp producers in the world such as India, Thailand and Ecuador, would be an advantage for Viet Nam's shrimp producers and exporters.

In the first quarter, Vietnamese shrimp products were exported to 64 markets. The top ten major markets included the US, the EU, Japan, and mainland China, in addition to South Korea, Canada, Australia, ASEAN, Taiwan and Switzerland, accounted for 94 per cent of the total national export value.

The exports to the US, were the highest at 30.6 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter, followed by China (up by 24.3 per cent), the EU (up by 2.9 per cent) and Japan (up by 0.7 per cent). Meanwhile, exports reduced by between 5.1 per cent and 30 per cent to South Korea, Canada, Australia, and ASEAN, apart from Taiwan and Switzerland.

Viet Nam also earned $1.97 billion from fisheries exports in the first four months of the year, a 6.2 per cent increase year-on-year.

After a decline last year, the recovery in 2016 is a good sign for exporters.

According to the General Department of Customs, exports of two main items, shrimp and tra fish, were up 8 per cent and 2.4 per cent. But shipments of cuttlefish and octopus fell by 6.2 per cent and of tuna by 5.5 per cent. Exports of marine fish surged by 19.5 per cent and that of other marine creatures also saw an increase.

Tuna, cephalopods, crabs, and marine fish accounted for more than 30 per cent of the total fisheries exports, and are forecast to increase significantly this year thanks to the steady supply and the rising demand in key markets.

Tuna and cephalopod exports are expected to be worth $507 million and $470 million, up 12 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, while exports of crab, surimi and marine fish are expected to top $1.3 billion, up 13 per cent, according to VASEP. — VNS

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