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January 7, 2016


Lifts Import Ban on Live Shrimp from Vietnam


Amid fears of diseases, China banned the import of live shrimp from Vietnam on February 5, 2015.  Now China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has removed the ban.


According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), shrimp exports to China in 2015 totaled $344 million, down nearly 17% from 2014.  China is currently the fourth largest importer of Vietnamese shrimp after the USA, Japan and the European Union.


Vietnam’s main shrimp exports are frozen tiger shrimp (accounting for 30% of total shrimp exports), frozen white shrimp (30%), processed shrimp, lobsters and live crayfish.


VASEP said that in addition to processed shrimp, China buys unprocessed shrimp from India, Ecuador and Vietnam because its production of farmed shrimp has dropped this year.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  China Lifts Import Ban on Vietnamese Live Shrimp.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  January 6, 2016.

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