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May 11, 2015

Vietnam

Shrimp Exports Rejected Because of Antibiotics

 

From January through April 2015, the number (36) of Vietnam’s shrimp shipments denied by the United States, the European Union and Japan due to higher-than-permitted residues of banned antibiotics was almost equivalent to 40% of last year’s figure, according to the Vietnam’s National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD).  Japan rejected 7 shipments, the European Union 4 and the United States 25.  In 2014, the three countries rejected 92 shipments.

 

In the first quarter of 2015, The USA, the EU and Japan were the three biggest importers of Vietnam’s shrimp, accounting for a combined 57.3% of its shrimp exports.

 

Vietnam exported over $116.3 million worth of shrimp products to the USA in the first quarter of 2015, down 55.8% from 2014.  Shrimp shipments to the EU dropped 3.1% to $108.5 million, and exports to Japan dropped 27.6% to $103.7 million.

 

Source: VietnamNet.vt.  Business in Brief/More Shrimp Shipments Blocked in Major Foreign Markets.  May 15, 2015.

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