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Jan-Apr 2017: Up 14% in Vietnam tuna exports to US
August 10, 2017, 09:38 AM
(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first four months of 2017, the U.S imported tuna from 58 countries around the world. Of that, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and China were are top 4 largest tuna suppliers to the market. Imports from Thailand took up 35%, followed by Vietnam with 11%, Ecuador with 9% and China with 9% in total tuna imports into the U.S. Currently, tuna imports from Vietnam, Ecuador and China into the U.S went up, while those from Thailand declined.

According to Vietnam Customs, in Jan-Apr 2017, Vietnam’s tuna exports to the U.S hit more than US$ 64 million, an increase of 14% over the same period in 2016. Vietnam's exports of all tuna items to the market were on the upward trend. Of that, shipments of tuna loins/fillets (HS code 0304) accounted for the highest proportion of 62%, followed by canned tuna with 31%.

In the period, the average import price of canned tuna increased from US$4.2 to US$5.03/kg. In the U.S market, Vietnam’s canned tuna mainly competed with the same item from Thailand, Ecuador and China.

Tuna loins/fillets (HS code 0304) from Vietnam mainly competed with the same items from Indonesia and the Philippines. The average import price of frozen tuna loins/fillets into the U.S quoted at US$12/kg.

Compiled by Dieu Thuy

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