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In October 2012, Vietnam swai import into the U.S downed 1.4 percent over the same period of last year. However, year to date statistics showed the sharp increase in the fish import into the market with 26.4 percent and reached 185,017 thousand pounds. The total import swai from countries by the U.S in the first ten month of 2012 is 185,851 thousand pounds, up 21.6 percent in comparison with the same period of last year.
In the first month of 2012, Vietnam tuna exports had sign of decrease. However, between February to October 2012, tuna shipment kept double digit growth from 22.1 – 53.3 percent. In the last months of the year, the growth of tuna exports is stronger and stronger than that of the same period of 2011. Tuna sales abroad to 10 main markets reported a recovery compared to the same period of 2011. Among exported tuna products, raw tuna took the highest proportion. The export value of dried/frozen/ live/fresh tuna products to the U.S., Germany, Italy and Mexico which belonged to top 10 largest importers of Vietnam tuna posted a sharp decline. However, shipment of these products to South Korea, Spain and Tunisia witnessed an impressive growth of 79,866 percent; 1,865 percent and 828 percent, respectively. The export value of canned/ processed tuna reported the highest growth and tend to show increasingly higher growth in the last months of the year. In the period between January and October 2012, the export value of meat/fillet tuna hit US$166.271 million, up 134.48 percent over that of the same period of 2011. The U.S. and Italy were still two largest importers of these products with the proportion of 43.07 percent and 12.15 percent in turn. Spain surpassed Belgium as the third largest importers with the proportion of 5.7 percent. Israel was put into top 5 largest importers of these products from Vietnam with import value of US$6.281 million. This year, the U.S. and Germany still reported the highest import value of canned tuna originated from Vietnam. Tunisia replaced the Switzerland to rank the third position. With the higher growth in imports of these products from Vietnam over 2011, Canada, Libya and Sudan upgraded to be in the list of 10 largest importers. It is scheduled that tuna demand in many markets will be still positive and Vietnam tuna exports will continue to increase till the end of the year. Total export turnover of tuna in 2012 is expected to reach US$600 million, up 57 percent compared to the same period of last year. Potential markets (South Korea, Mexico and Tunisia)
The local and international media published that China banned importing fresh, live shrimp originated from Vietnam. Some Vietnam shrimp exporters to China showed their concerns to the news. In fact, shrimp shipment to China in the past month was not affected, even exports has been boosted due to the market’s hiking demand for shrimp. On October 23rd 2012, National Agro–Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) received an announcement from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of China. AQSIQ informed about China’s temporary halt on importing Vietnam shrimp due to an infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV) detected in some batches of live black tiger shrimp from Vietnam transferred to the country. The volume of shrimp is purchased directly by Chinese traders in Vietnam. On November 14th 2012, NAFIQAD sent the official letter No. 1963/ QLCL-CL1 to live shrimp suppliers to China and regional Agro Forestry Fisheries Quality Assurance Centers of NAFIQAD and requested them to review and make a list of black tiger shrimp seed suppliers; contact with farms and local veterinary agencies in order to control epidemic situation and send testing results of IHHNV by farms and local relevant authorities. According to Vietnam General Office of Customs, Vietnam shrimp exports to China are largely frozen shrimp. In the first 10 months of 2012, frozen raw shrimp exported to the market accounted for 96 percent (US$199 million) of the national total export value of shrimp to China. The rest of 4 percent was dried and processed shrimp. In many past years, China was one of top 5 largest consumers of Vietnam shrimp. In 2011, China ranked the fourth position after Japan, the U.S. and EU with the proportion of 9.3 percent in importing shrimp from Vietnam. In 2012, due to global financial chaos, Vietnam shrimp shipment to China failed to remain the strong growth seen in the previous years. However, the market is still considered as an important partner of Vietnam shrimp exporters because instable shrimp demand from other major markets such as the U.S., EU and Japan. Between January and October 2012, Vietnam shrimp sales to China reached over US$207.2 million, up 12.8 percent over the previous year. While shrimp exports to Japan at this time rose by 6.5 percent, to the U.S. down 16.1 percent and to EU down 25.8 percent. Along with Australia, China is regarded one of two potential markets of Vietnam shrimp in the rest time of the year thanks to China’s high demand for shrimp in the upcoming the New Year and Lunar New Year.