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Positive growth in Vietnnam pangasius exports to China
January 12, 2018, 01:52 PM
(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first nine months of 2017, Vietnam’s pangasius exports increased by 5.8% over the same period last year to eye US$1.3 billion, however, sales to the U.S and the EU were down.

China – Hong Kong

As of September 2017, Vietnam’s pangasius exports to China - Hong Kong valued at US$288.1 million, up 42.7% year on year. In the period, shipments to this market recorded the continuous growth, which shows the shift of a large number of pangasius exporters to this market.

Exports to the U.S and the EU faced difficulties due to technical barriers, therefore, many pangasius exporting enterprises shifted their shipments to China. In QIII/2017, the average export value to this market stayed relatively stable, ranging from US$34-41 million per month. By the end of 2017, Vietnam’s pangasius exports to China and Hong Kong forecasted to keep the double digit growth compared to 2016.

The U.S – The EU

In the first 9 months of 2017, Vietnam’s pangasius exports to the U.S reached US$258.3 million, down 9.9% over the same period last year. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to check all shipments of pangasius imported from Vietnam as of 2nd August 2017, and in the preliminary decision of POR13, the US Department of Commerce announced the tariff of US$2.39/kg, which is three times higher than that in the 12th administrative review period. In August and September 2017, Vietnam’s pangasius exports to the U.S decreased by 54.6% and 41.2% over the same period of 2016.

Vietnam’s pangasius shipments to the EU in August and September 2017 continued to decrease by 8.4% and 23.7%, respectively compared to the same period in 2016. The average export value in the 3 months of QIII/2017 ranged from US$15-19.4 million. Currently, Vietnam’s pangasius products had to strongly compete with whitefish products in the EU.

Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Saudi Arabia

In the period, sales to these 4 markets offset the decline in exports to the U.S and the EU.

Brazil stayed as a big pontential market. Particularly in September 2017, Vietnam’s pangasius exports to Brazil hit US$6.73 million, up 103.3% over the same period last year. The figure in Jan-Sep 2017 totaled US$77.1 million, up 66.7% year on year. Exports to this market witnessed the highest growth rate in the first three quarters of this year.

In addition, Vietnam’s pangasius exports to Mexico, Colombia and Saudi Arabia rose by 22.6%; 1.4% and 4% respectively over the same period in 2016.

In 2017, total pangasius exports of Vietnam expected to increase by about 6% compared to 2016 despite difficulties. 

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