August 1, 2016


Asean 4th-largest importer of Vietnamese pangasius-Vasep



Asean was the fourth-largest importer of Vietnamese pangasius as of June 15 this year, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep) said.


The Southeast Asian 10-nation bloc-composed of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam-trailed the US, EU and China - Hong Kong. It emerged as a potential market for Vietnamese pangasius last year, but in recent months, shipments to this market slightly decreased, according to Vasep.


Data showed that Vietnamese pangasius exported to Asean this year (as of June 15) was valued at US$62.35 million, down 2.4% from the same period last year. Exports to the three largest single importers within Asean declined: Thailand by 0.6%; Singapore1.9% and the Philippines 1.6% year-on-year.


Most of the pangasius products exported to Thailand and Singapore were frozen fillets or steaks. Thailand remained as a large and stable importer of Vietnamese pangasius in the Asean. In the Thailand market, Vietnamese pangasius competes with Alaskan frozen pollock meat, frozen cod fillets and frozen tilapia fillets.
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