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Shrimp exports to Japan show recovery signs
August 19, 2013, 03:01 PM
(vasep.com.vn) In the second quarter of 2013, shrimp exports to Japan hit US$186.4 million, registering an increase of 14.9 percent from that of the same period of 2012, driving shrimp exports to the market in H1 to US$293.9 million, up 6.6 percent from H1 of 2012.

In 2012, shrimp shipment to Japan witnessed a decline in many consecutive months due to Japan’s Ethoxyquin test on shrimp imports from Vietnam. Total shrimp exports from Vietnam to the market in 2012 therefore reached US$617.7 million, up only 1.7 percent from 2011.

Thanks to the efforts of competent authorities and enterprise communities in strengthening antibiotics and banned chemicals control in shrimp production and processing, Vietnam shrimp exports to Japan have been gaining gradual improvements expressed by the growth in exports from 0.7 to 19.6 percent during this year.

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) decided to raise MRL of Trifluralin from 0.001ppm to 0.5 ppm, which encouraged Vietnam’s shrimp exporters to boost shrimp exports to the market.

Vietnam ranked the second, behind Thailand, in terms of supplying shrimp for Japan, occupying 18.7 percent of total shrimp supply for this market. In the first 5 months of 2013, shrimp imports into Japan from Thailand sank of 12.2 percent. In the early 2013, Thailand exporters planned to boost shrimp exports to Japan to compensate the decline in shrimp imports from Vietnam and India caused by Ethoxyquin test. However, Thailand exporters’ efforts were obstructed by disease outbreaks on shrimp that slashed the country’s shrimp production.

In the first 5 months of 2013, India was the only supplier out of top 5 largest shrimp suppliers for Japan that had the growth of 7.9 percent in shrimp exports to this market.

TOP 15 SHRIMP SUPPLIERS TO JAPAN, JAN – MAY 2013, US$ thousand

No.

Suppliers

Jan – May 2013

Jan – May 2012

2013/2012 (%)

Proportion 2013 (%)

World total

940661

987297

-4.7

100

1

Thailand

265490

302389

-12.2

21.5

2

Vietnam

202035

203181

-0.6

18.7

3

Indonesia

175498

181097

-3.1

10.0

4

India

93827

86994

7.9

7.3

5

China

68476

79009

-13.3

3.7

6

Argentina

34620

24471

41.5

2.0

7

Malaysia

19086

26354

-27.6

1.9

8

Myanmar

18106

19894

-9.0

1.1

9

Philippines

10151

12339

-17.7

1.0

10

Bangladesh

9822

8933

10.0

0.9

11

Mexico

8479

6694

26.7

0.8

12

Taiwan

7648

6184

23.7

0.8

13

Ecuador

7353

5185

41.8

0.7

14

Sri Lanka

6463

6250

3.4

0.2

15

Australia

2331

4453

-47.7

0.2

Source: ITC

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