July 12, 2012
High chicken meat imports affect Vietnam's poultry industry
The country imported over 39,000 tonnes of chicken products in the first six months of this year, an equivalent of 20 million chickens, the ministry said, adding that the amount accounts for 15% of local supply.
The figure excluded the large volume of chickens smuggled from China through the northern border, the ministry noted.
Imported chickens were offered at much lower prices and thus outwrestled locally produced chickens, the ministry said.
Vietnamese firms import mostly chicken wings, legs and other parts as these products are cheap in the exporting countries. The import tax on these products is 20%, half of that for whole chickens.
In the first half, the country also imported 2,000 tonnes of other kinds of meat, raising the total volume of imported meat to 41,000 tonnes, the ministry said.
The country is forecast to produce between 1.78 million tonnes and 1.81 million tonnes of meat in the second half and can face pork shortage in the year-end.
Vietnam has to tighten control over meat import to protect local animal husbandry as well as consumers' health, experts said.