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October 27, 2014


EMS Still a Problem


Shrimp exports are not expected to recover until next year’s second quarter, as Thailand has yet to eliminate early mortality syndrome (EMS) from its shrimp farms.


“Overall shrimp exports remain in bad shape, with the conditions expected to be prolonged until next year,” said Poj Aramwattananont, president of the Thai Frozen Foods Association.


“For this year, we expect the country’s total production to reach only 200,000 metric tons, with export volume expected to fall by 25% from last year.”


“The Fisheries Department is raising baby shrimp available from imported foreign breeders and has started supplying them to farmers,” he said!


“If the hatchery succeeds, we expect Thailand’s shrimp farming will improve and exports recover accordingly, possibly in next year’s second quarter.”


Other risks include lingering allegations of forced labor and human trafficking made by the USA and European (EU) and a possible termination of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in European countries early next year.  If the GSP is cut, Thai processed shrimp will lose EU privileges on Jan 1, 2014, and import tariffs will rise to 12-20% from 7%.


Source: Bangkok Post.  Disease Still Plaguing Thai Shrimp. Phusadee Arunmas.  October 28, 2014.

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