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July 5, 2013

Vietnam

Shrimp Exports to Japan and China Increase

 

Vietnam exported over $1 billion worth of shrimp in the first half of 2013, up 1.5% from the same period in 2012, said the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

 

Japan continued to be the leading importer of Vietnamese shrimp in the first half of 2013, purchasing $233.2 million worth, up 6.2% from the same period in 2012.  Recently Japan increased the allowable amount of Trifluralin, an herbicide, in Vietnamese shrimp, from 0.001 parts per million to 0.5 ppm.

 

China surpassed the European Union (EU) to become the third largest importer of Vietnamese shrimp during the first half of 2013, purchasing shrimp worth $108.5 million, up 17.9% compared to the same period in 2012.  When Vietnam’s exporters face difficulties shipping shrimp to other markets like Japan, the USA and the EU because of antibiotic issues, the Chinese market becomes an important outlet for Vietnamese shrimp.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Vietnam Expects Slight Increase in Shrimp Exports; China Now 3rd Biggest Market.  July 3, 2013.

 

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