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Characteristics of the sector

I. Production 

Vietnam has more than 600,000 hectares of shrimp farming with two main species of black tiger shrimp and whiteleg shrimp.

Vietnam is the leading producer of black tiger shrimp in the world with a production of 300,000 tons per year. This is the traditional species in many past years while whiteleg shrimp has been cultivated in different provinces in the country since 2008.

Farming areas are concentrated in Mekong Delta provinces. Top 5 provinces having largest shrimp farming area include Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Ben Tre and Kien Giang.

II. Processing and Exporting 

Shrimp industry plays a  significant part  in Vietnam fishery exports to the world during 2 decades. Annually, shrimp sector contribute around 40- 45% of the total value equivalent to 3,5- 4 billion USD per year. Currently, shrimp is exported from Vietnam to 100 countries which the top 5 biggest market as following: Europe, The USA, Japan, China and Korea. With the non- stop efforts,  Vietnam is the World’s Top second  shrimp supplier with 13-14 percent in value of the world shrimp market.

Vietnam has a lot of advantages to develop shrimp industry especially in the Mekong Delta where occupies 95% shrimp production and also the hub of shrimp processing plants. Until now, there are around 200 shrimp processing plants approved by the European Commission with periodic inspections at the site here in Vietnam. 

Sustainable development 

To get these remarkable achievements, since the founding in the early 1990s, the shrimp industry in Vietnam has grown in both scale and technical management and competence in quality, traceability, management of environment impacts throughout the entire supply chain starting with hatcheries, feed mills, farms and processing plants leading to export through modern cold –storage facilities. To most reliable evidence that shrimp farming is both safe and sustainable can be found by the existence of  the increasing number of certifications schemes put forth by international standards bodies for Good aquaculture practices including BAP (Best Aquaculture Practice), Global Gap and ASC ( Aquaculture Stewardship Council). In order to achieve these certifications, farms must be built and operated based on the criteria:

- Compliance with law  (legal compliance, legal right there).

- Conservation of natural environment and biodiversity.

- Conservation of water resources.

- Preserve diversity of wild species and populations

- Responsible use of feed and other resources.

- Animal health (no use of antibiotics and unnecessary chemicals).

- Social responsibility (eg.  no child labor, worker health and safety, freedom of assembly, community relations).

Quality and food safety assurance 

Because shrimp enterprises that are VASEP’s members contributing around 90% of shrimp exports from Vietnam, therefore VASEP through its Shrimp Committee has  collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the NAFIQAD which belongs to MARD to solve the industry obstacles and problems including quality assurance, safety hygiene and the compliance with rules, regulations of Vietnam law and foreign markets.


Thanks to the collaboration between Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) which belongs to MARD and Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) in assurance of quality, safety hygiene and the compliance with rules, regulations of Vietnam law and foreign markets and the advanced certifications and compliance of  Law of Labor, Law of Food Safety and the regulations of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, shrimp companies are implementing good practices in both farms and processing plants including shrimp products. Beside, every year, the companies must be inspected by  the  independent audit agencies, international certification bodies and Vietnam authorities. 

To maintain 100 importing markets and develop the new market places, Vietnam shrimp companies must keep their reputation by the control the whole system  to meet the higher and higher requirements and regulations from the world market. Some examples include:

-      For labor issue: working hours for employees in Vietnam shrimp companies have been applied in accordance with Labor Code 2012, Decree 45/2013/NĐ-CP dated 10/05/2013 by the Government. 

-    Labor Union at shrimp enterprises: the Law regulates that every  shrimp companies must declare and register Working Regulations with the local Labor Department, Invalids and Social Affairs in order to  protect interest of workers including working hours and working conditions…

-     Getting ASC, Global GAP and other international standards shows that Vietnam shrimp farmers and processors are not allowed to use antibiotics and unnecessary chemicals in their production chain. Most importantly, Vietnamese authorities now have regulations and programs that strictly control the use of chemicals and antibiotics in aquaculture and seafood processing. Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish) and local fisheries authorities regularly guide and inspect the use of antibiotics and develop the shrimp industry in the direction of chain linkage (with strict contractual , controlled production. , not using or restricting the use of antibiotics, stable consumption of products ...), certified shrimp farming.

-       Vietnam has been implementing the National Residue monitoring Program (according to Circular No. 31/2015/TT-BNNPTNT dated October 06th, 2015), implemented by NAFIQAD and every year send annual report on results of previous year and plan for the next year to the EU.

-   For seafood processors and exporters: they have been carrying out the program of internal monitoring and prevention of antibiotic residues in products (mandated according to Circular No. 48/ /2013/TT-BNNPTNT): Collect samples to test antibiotic residues and toxic substances at the farm before harvest; Take samples to test antibiotic residue to control when receiving raw materials before processing.

      -       Before exporting, the competent authorities of Vietnam ( NAFIQAD) take the sample from the consignment to test antibiotic residue before issuing the health certificates which is  legally required by all European border inspection authorities for all imports of shrimp and all food coming from Vietnam to European marketsShrimp exports in 2017 reported the breakthrough with the growth of 22.3% to reach over US$3.8 billion. In 2017, in the total of shrimp export products, whiteleg shrimp occupied the dominant position with the proportion of 65.6%; black tiger shrimp accounted for 22.8%, the remaining was marine shrimp with 11.6%.





 Certifications of Vietnam shrimp 

According to the Directorate of Fisheries, in 2017, the farming area of brackishwater shrimp in the country reached 721.1 thousand hectares; increased by 3.8% compared to 2016 in which the area of black tiger shrimp was 622.4 thousand ha; increased by 3.7% and the area of whiteleg shrimp was 98.7 thousand ha; up 4.7% compared to 2016.

Brackishwater shrimp yield in 2017 touched 683.4 thousand MT, up 4% compared to 2016, including 256.4 thousand MT of black tiger shrimp; decreased by 2.8% and whiteleg shrimp production of 427 thousand MT, up 8.5% compared with 2016.

In 2017, Vietnam's shrimp exports accounted for the highest proportion of nearly 46,3% of total seafood exports, with sales of US$3.85 billion; up 22.3% over 2016.

In 2017, Vietnamese shrimp were exported to 99 markets from 93 ones in 2016. Top 10 main markets included the EU, Japan, China, the US, South Korea, Canada, Australia, ASEAN, Taiwan, Switzerland; accounting for 96.4% of the total shrimp export value of Vietnam.

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