November 2, 2016
In the nine months through September, Vietnamese seafood exports rose 5.3%, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep).
It said turnover of almost all Vietnamese seafood products showed growths or slight declines that were on par with the same period last year—shrimp exports rose 5.6%, pangasius 6.2%, and crab and other crustaceans 10.4%; mollusk declined 3.4%.
Earlier Vasep reported that shrimp exports in the first nine months hit nearly US$2.25 billion, up 5.6% year-on-year. Whiteleg shrimp exports made up 61.3% of the total shrimp exports and rose 11.2%.
The growth in shrimp exports was attributed to the rise in exports to some major markets including the US, the EU, China-Hong Kong and South Korea.
Exports to the US, the largest market, made up 23% of the total shrimp foreign sales. The rise in exports to this market was attributed to stable demand and supply shortages in India, Indonesia, Ecuador and Thailand.
Vasep pointed out that although the final results on antidumping duty on shrimp imported from Vietnam in the 10th period of administrative review (POR10) from February 2014 to January 2015 has affected Vietnamese shrimp exporters, exports in the current fourth quarter has remained stable.
The duty rate of POR10 was 4.78% for the voluntary and mandatory respondents, higher than the POR9's average duty of 0.91% but lower that POR8's 6.3%.
Still, the POR10 assessment is considered a high duty rate for Vietnamese shrimp exporters, who are reportedly going ask the US Court of International Trade (CIT) to reconsider the zeroing method that the DOC is using to calculate the dumping margins.
Demand for imported shrimp from the EU, South Korea and Japan in the last quarter of this year is expected to rise. Shrimp exports this year is estimated to touch $3.1 billion, up 5% year-on-year.
According to Vasep, pangasius exports to the US faced two barriers: antidumping duty and catfish inspection programme. Nevertheless, pangasius exports to the US reported growths.
Pangasius exports to China in January to September rose 75.6% year-on-year. China outstripped the EU to become the second-largest importer of Vietnamese pangasius. Exports of the fish to other markets like Asean, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia proved unstable.
Exports for the whole of 2016 are expected to reach $1.66 billion, up 6.4% year-on-year.
Marine product exports
In January-September, exports of mollusk (cephalopod and bivalve mollusk) grossed $360.4 million, down 3.4% year-on-year; and crab and other crustaceans, $91.2 million, up 10.4%.
Vasep earlier reported that Vietnam's seafood exports are expected to reach $7 billion, up 5.5% year-on-year.