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June 15, 2013


Buyers of Thai Shrimp Are Switching to Other Countries


Some shrimp importers that normally purchase their shrimp from Thailand are placing large orders with Indonesia, Vietnam and Ecuador.  Buyers usually wait until the end of June, around the time of the Vietfish Conference (June 25-27, 2013), to place orders, but the supply situation is so uncertain this year that orders are being placed now.


Everyone’s been holding off for as long as possible, hoping that prices will fall, but some buyers have decided to buy now because prices have shown no sign of dropping.  With lots of ponds still dry in Thailand, many buyers have been forced to switch to other countries.  The situation in Thailand is still “dismal” amid the continuing impact of early mortality syndrome (EMS), said Jim Gulkin, who heads the Southeast Asian exporter Siam Canadian Group.


Researchers are said to be making progress on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that can help detect EMS in broodstock.


In Ecuador, shrimp farmers are getting increasing orders and requests from China.  “We get 8-10 requests for shrimp every day from new buyers [in China],” said Sandro Coglitore, general manager for Ecuador-based shrimp supplier Omarsa.


Source: Undercurrent News.  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Shrimp Buyers Place Orders in Indonesia, Vietnam, Amid “Dismal” Situation in Thailand.  Jeanine Stewart ( and Eva Tallaksen (  June 11, 2013.


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