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Aquatic export up 11.5 pct in first quarter
April 04, 2018, 08:43 AM
The export of aquatic products in March was estimated at 608 million USD, bringing the total shipment in the first three months to 1.7 billion USD, up 11.5 percent annually, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Major importers in the first two months this year were the US, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea, accounting for 50.5 percent of the total. Notably, markets seeing strong export growths included the Netherlands (49.7 percent), Thailand (35.3 percent) and China (34.9 percent).

During March, aquatic products import reached 151 million USD, bringing the total value in three months to 423 million USD, marking a 32.4 percent year-on-year increase.

In the first quarter, the total aquatic production rose by 4 percent to 775,800 tonnes, 740,800 tonnes of which was tapped at sea and the remaining was home-grown.

The total tuna output was estimated at 6,406 tonnes in the three-month period, including 3,676 tonnes in the central province of Khanh Hoa, 1,500 tonnes in the central province of Binh Dinh and 1,230 tonnes in the central province of Phu Yen.

Meanwhile, tra fish production in the Mekong Delta was estimated at 230,200 tonnes, up 5.1 percent year-on-year, mostly in An Giang, Dong Thap and Vinh Long.

Tiger prawn output was 42,300 tonnes while white-legged shrimp output hit 40,300 tonnes.


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