Fish exporters face difficulties in hitting year-end goal
  • | vns | October 09, 2016 09:40 AM

The local fishing industry continues to face many challenges toward reaching its year-end export target of US$7 billion, according to experts.

The Việt Nam Association Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP) said that first nine months of this year showed stable export value growth for seafood products, excluding cuttle-fish and octopus. Many export markets trended up, creating solid conditions for local enterprises to promote seafood exports at this year end.

In particular, the free trade agreement between Việt Nam and Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) that came into effect on October 5 should create favourable conditions for Việt Nam’s fishing industry to increase seafood exports to EAEU member countries.

However, VASEP general secretary Trương Đình Hòe reported that in the last three months of this year, shrimp export volume sent to the US might remain stagnant or even reduce. The US Chamber of Commerce has decided to raise its anti-dumping tax on Vietnamese shrimp at rate 5 time higher than previously suggested.

Meanwhile, exports of tra catfish to the US have continued to grow since the beginning of this year. However, local exporters fear anti-dumping duties on the fish and the US tra fish inspection programme, the association said. The tra fish exports to the EU grew slowly in the first nine months while competing with other kinds of white-meat fish.

Trần Văn Lĩnh, chairman of Thuận Phước Seafood Joint Stock Company, said hitting the yearend export target of $7.1 billion will require great effort from the nation’s fisheries.

By the end of December 2016, tnhe industry will almost certainly have gro, but there likely will not be many more large export contracts signed, he said. Enterprises already have orders for Vietnamese seafood products for the Christmas and New Year occasions from main markets.

Seafood exports were expected to increase in Japan and South Korea by end of the year, he said.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in this year’s nine-month period, seafood exports brought home more than $4.9 billion, surging 4.3 per cent year-on-year. The US, Japan, China and South Korea were the four main importers of Vietnamese seafood, making up 53.7 per cent of the total export revenue.

If Việt Nam were to earn $7.1 billion in export value of seafood for this whole year, the figure would be 7 per cent higher than 2015.

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