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Characteristics of the sector

I. Overview

Tunas concentrate mainly in the Central Vietnam and the center of East Sea. Tuna resources of Vietnam are estimated at over 600 thousand MT; in which skipjack is the major species, accounting for more than 50% of the total pelagic fish stocks.

Annual landings (including yellowfin tuna, big-eye tuna, skipjack tuna and others) are more than 200 thousand MT. Yellowfin tuna and big-eye tuna have average stock of over 45 thousand MT, with annual catch of 17,000 to 21,000 MT.

Yellowfin tuna and big-eye tuna are caught in the 6 month period from December to June of the next year. While skipjack tuna can be caught all year round. 

Tuna output in the EEZ of Vietnam is estimated at 27,000 MT. Binh Dinh is the top tuna catching province with 9,400 MT, followed by Khanh Hoa with 5,000 MT and Phu Yen with 4,000 MT.

Vietnam has been active in adopting international rules on sustainability such as IUU of EU or “Dolphin Safe” labeling of EII. 

II. Tuna exports in 2017

VIETNAM TUNA PRODUCTS EXPORTED IN 2017

Products

Value (USD)

Proportion (%)

% change vs. 2016

Tuna of HS code 03 (1)

322,558,257

54.4

13.5

of which: - Fresh/frozen of HS code 03 (ex. HS code 0304)

49,625,725

 

14.3

                    - Tuna of HS code 0304

272,932,531

 

13.4

Processed tuna HS code 16 (2)

270,314,363

45.6

19.8

 of which:  - Canned tuna (HS code 16)

179,110,045

 

17.0

                    - Other processed tuna (HS code 16)

91,204,318

 

25.7

Total (1 + 2)

592,872,619

100.0

16.3

According to MARD, in 2017, Vietnam caught 3.42 million MT of seafood, up 5.6% over 2016, of which marine catch estimated at 3.2 million MT, up 5.7%.

In 2017, Vietnam exported tuna to 111 markets, earning US$592,9 million, up 16,3% compared to 2016. Top 8 markets are: USA; EU; Israel; ASEAN, Japan; China; Mexico and Canada accounted for 88.2% of the total export value.

In 2017, Vietnam’s tuna  exports contributes around 7.2% of total national seafood exports.

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