Vietnam Seafood Exports Up 28 % in First Half

3:41:26 PM | 7/6/2011

Despite adverse weather and high input materials prices, Vietnam earned $2.58 billion from seafood exports in the first half of the year, a year-on-year surge of 28 per cent, said fisheries experts.
Double digit growths in both volume and value were recorded in seafood exports to the European Union (EU), the US, the Republic of Korea, ASEAN, Mexico and Canada.
Shrimp was the leading product with year-on-year rises of 36 per cent in value and 17.5 per cent in volume, followed by tuna with year-on-year increases of 34.3 per cent in value and 11.1 per cent in volume and tra fish, up 24.7 per cent in value and 4.7 per cent in volume.
Vietnam’s seafood exports value is expected to maintain its record of US$5 billion this year due to the increasing world seafood demand and the reduction in seafood supply in a number of countries.
To achieve the target, the fisheries sector will continue its investment in material production with priorities to shrimp, tra fish, tuna and mollusc. The sector will also promote trade promotion activities abroad, fasten the link in aquaculture, renew technology and enhance the inspection of seafood safety quality.
The Fisheries General Department will ask the Ministry and Government to add more capital, coordinate with relevant agencies in attracting investment into fisheries programmes and put forward mechanisms to finance aquaculture development programmes to ensure enough supply for factories.