VASEP’s report on Vietnam seafood exports in 2020 and forecast on 2021 performance

( In 2020, the country's seafood production has reached 8.4 million tons, a slight increase of 3% compared to 2019, of which aquaculture accounts for 54% with nearly 4.6 million tons. accounting for 46% with over 3.8 million tons. Seafood exports reached 8.4 billion USD, down 1.9% compared to 2019, of which aquaculture (shrimp, pangasius) accounted for 62% with 5.2 billion USD, captured seafood accounted for 38% with 3.2 billion USD.

The Covid-19 epidemic lasted for the whole of 2020, disrupting global trade in seafood, changing the trend of consumption of fishery products. Accordingly, Vietnam's main export products also fluctuate according to market trends, leading to an increase in exports of whiteleg shrimp, marine shrimp, variable fish, crabs and bivalve mollusks, while pangasius exports have decreased, tuna, squid and octopus exports decreased slightly.

VASEP’s report on Vietnam seafood exports in 2020 and forecast on 2021 performance

COVID-19 has reduced the demand for seafood imports in the markets, but the main importers of Vietnamese seafood such as the EU, China, South Korea, and Japan only slightly decreased their imports from Vietnam (down 3-6%). Meanwhile, the US, the largest market still significantly increased (+ 10%) of Vietnam's seafood imports. In addition, other markets such as Russia, UK, Australia, and Canada still increased strongly (10-32%) of seafood imports from Vietnam.

Vietnam's seafood exports in the first quarter and second quarter of 2020 decreased by 10% and 7% respectively over the same period in 2019. However, from July, exports began to recover and increase in the third quarter (with 10% to 13% growth). In the fourth quarter, although the import demand of the markets is still good, the seafood trade is deadlocked because of the lack of empty containers to queue for export to other countries, while the freight is many times higher, causing export activities stagnation and slump.

In 2021, the seafood trade situation will still be strongly affected by this pandemic, even this is still the main factor that dominates Vietnam's trend of seafood import and export. However, Vietnam is still able to maintain its competitive strength thanks to a more stable supply of raw materials compared to other countries. In addition, the free trade agreements that Vietnam has signed will continue to be a lever for Vietnam's seafood exports to recover in some markets. After a year, Vietnamese seafood enterprises will have more experience and flexibility to adapt to changes and changes in market needs and tastes. Therefore, it is predicted that Vietnam's seafood export in 2021 will have better results than in 2020.

To get an overview, detailed forecast of seafood production and export trends over each quarter in 2021 and capture more details about the export status of each seafood item to markets in each month, each month. Quarter of 2020, you are invited to register for Report on Vietnam Seafood Exports in 2020, issued by VASEP in February 2021.

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