GENERAL INFORMATION

In Vietnam, the fishery sector plays an important role in the national economy, accounting for about 4-5 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and about 9-10% of national export revenue.

More than 4 millions of people working in the fishery and the growth in production have attributed to the fish exports. Thanks to strongly increase in many years, Vietnam ranks among the top ten seafood suppliers and its seafood products are exported to 170 markets in the world.

Shrimp, pangasius, tuna, squid and octopus are main seafood products exported by the country. In which, shrimp exports create about US$ 3.5 – 4 billion, make up 46-50% of the total seafood sales of Vietnam. Earnings from pangasius reached at US$ 1.7 – 1.8 billion (25% of the total) and exports from Tuna and Cephalopods are US$ 450 – 550 million for each.

Exports to the U.S, Japan, EU, China and South Korea make up 75% of Vietnam’s seafood sales to the wolrd.

5 advantages for Vietnam seafood exports:  

(1)  High commitment and participation from Government, Industry and companies for food safety, environment  and social responsibility;

(2)  Able to supply the big volume and safe quality and stable seafood products;

(3)  Meet all the customers’ requirements, incl. the vertical linkage (integration) for each species sector;

(4)  Vietnam is one in few countries in the world which has the good and stable labor resource; 

(5)  Vietnam has Agreements / FTAs with many countries and territories and has advantages both in product quality and im-ex tax.  

Export potentials

Vietnam seafood exports to the US increased by 24% in the first 9 months of 2021
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(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first eight months of 2021, the total value of Vietnamese pangasius exports to the Middle East market increased by 25.18% over the same period last year. In 2021, many pangasius enterprises have shifted their exports to the Egyptian and UAE markets.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) VDSC Securities Company predicts that both revenue and profit in the third quarter of Vinh Hoan Joint Stock Company will grow by double digits compared to the same period last year. In which, revenue from pangasius fillet segment (which contributes over 67% of total revenue) increased strongly thanks to the average selling price and recovery in volume.

Vietnam’s aquatic products have gained the favour of Australian consumers, Secretary of the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Andrew Metcalfe told a workshop on October 1.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Thanks to a lot of efforts, up to now, Soc Trang shrimp industry has basically overcome the challenges during the period of implementing social distancing to ensure the prevention and control of COVID-19 . The difficulties that are solved in time and the optimistic signals of consumer demand in both domestic and foreign markets are good opportunities for shrimp farmers and seafood processing companies in this locality to restore the production chain in the remaining months of the year.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In August 2021, Vietnam's sea product exports reached 224.8 million USD, down 22% compared to July 2021 and down 24% compared to August 2020. In the first eight months of the year, marine product exports reached $2.1 billion, accounting for 38% of the country's total seafood export value and up 7% over the same period in 2020.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) While the export of some marine products decreased significantly in August 2021, Vietnam's bivalve mollusk exports still increased strongly by 36.2%, reaching over 13.2 million dollars. In the first 8 months of the year, the export of bivalve molluscs reached USD 86.8 million, up nearly 40% over the same period last year. In which, clam is the key product, accounting for 72% of the value, reaching 62.6 million USD in 8 months, in August alone increased 75% to 11.5 million USD.

Vietnam exported 15,870 tonnes of tuna worth 73.33 million USD to the European Union in the first half of 2021, up 39.3 percent and 31.6 percent, respectively, against the same period last year, according to a journal published by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Accumulated in the first 8 months of 2021, Vietnam's seafood exports reached nearly $5.6 billion, still increasing by about 7% thanks to high export results in the first 7 months of the year. In which, shrimp exports increased by 6.4% to 2.45 billion USD, pangasius exports reached 993 million USD, up 8.8%, tuna exports grew 12%, cephalopod and other fish exports increased by 4-5 %.

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced the preliminary results of the 17th period of review (POR17) for the period from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020, regarding Vietnam’s tra and basa fish (pangasius) exported to the US.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) According to the report of the Directorate of Fisheries, by the end of August 2021, the total fishery production of Vietnam is estimated at 5,692.5 thousand tons (up 1.4% over the same period in 2020), of which the output caught catching 2,704.8 thousand tons (up 0.8%), aquaculture production 2,987.7 thousand tons (up 1.8%).

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Along with pangasius and brackish water shrimp, which have been promoted for export, many aquatic species that are farmed in fresh water and in the sea in the Mekong Delta such as tilapia, red tilapia, giant freshwater prawn, eel , frogs, clams, crabs... are purchased, processed and exported by some enterprises. The potential and opportunity to promote the export of these aquatic products is still great if there is a good connection between farmers and businesses.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) According to customs statistics, by the end of July 2021, Vietnam's seafood exports reached nearly 5 billion USD, up 13% over the same period last year. Particularly in July 2021, seafood export turnover increased by 7.5% to nearly 854 million USD, of which exports to the US and EU markets increased sharply, to CPTPP countries and South Korea increased slightly, only to China fell deeply by 20%. In the first 7 months of the year, exports to the US still maintained the highest growth rate of 36%, to the EU increased by 19%, the CPTPP increased by 10%, while exports to China decreased by over 10%.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first six months of this year, the EU was the largest import market for Vietnamese bivalve molluscs, accounting for 60% of Vietnam's total bivalve mollusk exports.

Many businesses from Guangzhou city of China have shown their interest in importing Vietnamese aquatic products, according to Le Hoang Tai, Vice Director of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

(seafood. vasep.com.vn) Vietnam's tuna exports to Chile in the first 6 months of 2021 reached $3.3 million, accounting for nearly 1% of Vietnam's total tuna export value during this period, increased by 4.4% over the same period. Although the proportion is not high, thanks to the effective free trade agreements between Vietnam and Chile, Vietnamese tuna will have many opportunities to expand its market share in this market in the near future.


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