Egypt increasingly imports tuna from Vietnam

( The 2021 is a challenging year for Vietnamese tuna exporters to Egypt because of Egyptian government’s measures to prevent the covid 19 pandemic. Egypt's economy was severely damaged, demand for food consumption decreased along with the policy of reducing imports and increasing exports to narrow the trade deficit had created an unfavorable condition for Vietnam tuna exporters. Vietnam's tuna exports to Egypt in the year are unstable, falling for many months compared to the same period in 2020.

However, entering 2022, Vietnam’s tuna exports to this market have prospered.To help the country’s economy recover, the Egyptian government soon implemented a plan to gradually reopen the economy. Thus, the demand for food would increase and ideally promote the country’s tuna imports. 

According to statistics of Vietnam Customs, Vietnam's tuna exports to Egypt in the first 5 months of 2022 reached 8.4 million USD, up 44% over the same period in 2021. Continuously for the past 5 months Vietnam's tuna exports to this market all maintained high growth compared to  the same period.

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Egypt market preffer the processed and canned tuna

Currently, Egypt is the 11th largest single tuna import market of Vietnam. The main tuna products exported to this market are processed and canned tuna, accounting for 99% of the total export value.

According to the statistics of the World Trade Center (ITC), after the decline in imports in 2020, Egypt's tuna imports have increased again in 2021. Thailand is still the dominant supplier in this market, accounting for 78% of the total value of tuna imports to Egypt. Ranked second is Vietnam, accounting for 7%.

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According to the Vietnam trade office in Egypt, the demand for tuna consumption in this country, especially demand for canned tuna shows a positive growth in recent years. Egypt is the largest tuna importer in the Middle East  in 2021. 

Although ranked second, Vietnam's tuna export potential is still very large, especially after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Egyptian importers tend to diversify suppliers to avoid depending on a single source. However, in order to promote exports to this market, enterprises need to have an appropriate strategy in managing product quality to meet market requirements.

Vietnam’s tuna exporters to Egypt




Tuna Vietnam Co.Ltd


Tan Phat Foods Corporation


Mariso Vietnam Co., Ltd


Nguyen Hung Co., Ltd




FoodTech. JSC


Phat Trien Seafood Co., Ltd


Viet Trade One Member Co., Ltd


Khanh Hoa Canned Food Co.,Ltd


KDS Interfoods Vietnam Co.Ltd


Binh Dinh Fishery JSC


Huong Giang Co., Ltd


Blue Sea Canned Food Co., Ltd

Compiled by Thuy Linh

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