Archive for January, 2011

Pangasius export, January – November, 2010

Friday, January 14th, 2011

In the first 11 months of 2010, Vietnamese pangasius export has reached 595.3 thousand MT, worth US$1.28 billion, up 6.3% in volume and 2.8% in value compared to the same period last year. In November alone, Vietnam exported 57.1 thousand MT of pangasius, worth US$126 million, up 2.4% in volume and 7.1% in value from the same month of 2009.

Markets November, 2010 Compared to the same month of 2009 (%) January – November, 2010 Compared to the same period of 2009 (%)
Volume (MT) Value (US$ Mil.) Volume Value Volume (MT) Value (US$ Mil.) Volume Value
EU 17,125 39.212 -3.5 -4.1 201,484 462.186 -2.8 -7.8
Spain 4,417 10.061 16.1 11.4 48,372 107.942 2.6 -5.3
Germany 2,528 5.959 -11.3 -18.4 33,844 83.612 -12.2 -16.2
The Netherlands 2,463 6.025 25.4 16.7 26,970 68.711 12.6 7.3
Poland 1,491 2.853 -18.0 -16.3 20,674 37.827 -12.1 -16.1
The U.S. 6,278 20.338 88.0 86.7 48,093 151.013 26.0 22.7
ASEAN 3,217 6.105 -20.6 -25.5 37,449 70.151 -5.4 -13.8
Singapore 944 1.991 2.7 7.3 11,768 23.663 2.5 -0.9
Thailand 538 1.175 -48.8 -55.6 6,181 14.412 -28.4 -37.0
Malaysia 826 1.234 -0.2 19.1 10,060 13.817 5.2 -0.5
Mexico 3,918 8.637 90.2 93.9 34,056 74.114 21.3 14.0
Russia 1,807 3.305 -57.3 -52.7 29,722 50.296 -27.7 -25.0
Australia 1,202 3.440 -10.5 -10.0 13,964 39.499 17.9 16.4
China & Hong Kong 1,899 3.579 13.6 18.4 20,884 37.334 21.2 18.3
Hong Kong 1,525 2.748 -2.6 -1.7 16,408 29.269 6.1 1.9
Saudi Arabia 2,067 3.998 41.2 50.8 19,170 35.567 42.3 35.5
Others 19,572 37.388 -1.4 1.7 190,464 356.768 16.6 14.2
Total 57,085 126.002 2.4 7.1 595,287 1276.927 6.3 2.8


Source: VASEP

Vietnam’s tra fish export to drop 45% in 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Vietnam, the source of 99.9% of tra and basa fish exports, expects to reduce outbound shipments of the fish by a hefty 45% to some 360,000 tons next year from this year’s 640,000 tons, said the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep).

Duong Ngoc Minh, vice chairman of Vasep, told a review conference in HCMC on Tuesday on tra and basa production and export that production in 2011 would take a nosedive due to falling profit margins and capital shortages. Therefore, Minh said, the association targets an export volume of just 360,000 tons worth an estimated US$1 billion next year, a reduction of US$400 million from this year.

Minh said the association based its forecast on the current farming situation as well as fish processors’ difficulty in accessing bank loans.

“Over the past two years, banks have turned their back to fish farmers and processors. Whether the development of these types of Vietnamese catfish will be sustained or not largely depends on the support of banks,” he told the gathering.

Nguyen Thanh Bien, deputy minister of Industry and Trade, admitted at the conference that capital remained a bottleneck for fish farmers and traders.

In 2011, Bien said, the biggest challenge facing the country will continue to be the financial-monetary issue. “Credit growth will be lower (than this year) because the Government wants to ensure macroeconomic stability and to fight inflation, and therefore, the interest rate will stay high, at least in the first few months of 2011,” he said.

To Thi Tuong Lan, deputy general secretary of Vasep, told the conference that Vietnam shipped abroad some 640,000 tons of tra and basa fish products in 2010. However, as the fish stock is depleting due to unfavorable farming and trading conditions, the volume for next year will fall sharply, she said.

Vasep estimates that of 360,000 tons of fish products targeted for next year, the European market will consume some 210,000 tons and the U.S. market some 40,000 tons.

Vietnam is exporting tra and basa fish fillets to 163 countries and territories worldwide, as according to WWF, the country is the source of 99.9% of tra and basa fish exports.

Source: VASEP

Vietnam shrimp sales reach record levels

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Vietnam’s 2010 shrimp exports reached record highs. Sales generated more than USD 2 billion – representing a notable rise from 2009’s USD 1.69 billion earnings, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

“The record high export value was fuelled by higher quality shrimp farming practices this year,” stated Nguyen Huu Dung, VASEP deputy chairman. “Shrimp exports continued to grow this year despite the world economic downturn and market uncertainty.”

And VASEP expert Nguyen Minh Tam noted that during the first 11 months of the year, Vietnam exported 210,000 tonnes of shrimp, yielding USD 1.83 billion.

“Shrimp were very much in demand in almost all the main export markets, including Japan, the US and the European Union (EU), so the volume to those markets increased sharply,” Tam said, reports VNS.

Vietnam’s biggest export market is Japan, and sales there showed a year-on-year volume growth of 21.7 per cent at 60,000 tonnes with earnings up 29 per cent at USD 550 million, she told.


Vietnam’s second largest export market, the US, imported 42,441 tonnes of shrimp at USD 450 million. This represents an increase of 16 per cent in volume and 34.6 per cent in value year-on-year.

VASEP said the price of shrimp exported to the US is the highest, reaching USD 12 per kg at year’s end – a climb of 20-30 per cent compared the end of 2009 – because of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-year, which made US shrimp imports soar, VOVNews reports. 

In terms of shrimp sales to the EU, Vietnam shipped 40,000 tonnes in the first 11 months of 2010 at USD 290 million, constituting an 8.1 per cent rise in volume and 16.8 per cent boost in value year-on-year.

The value growth was partly attributable to international shrimp price increases, Tam explained. The export price at the end of last month was USD 8,530 per tonne compared with USD 5,017 per tonne at the same time in 2009.

Shrimp prices also reached a record level in Vietnam, Tam added.

For example, in southernmost Ca Mau Province, the price varied by between 11 and 36 per cent depending on the quantity of shrimp purchased; for 40 kg of shrimp, the price was VND 130,000 (USD 6.51) per kg.

Prices jumped in the domestic market because supply was low, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). In the Mekong delta region, the amount of land devoted to shrimp aquaculture fell by 16,000ha to 550,600ha.

MARD Deputy Minister Luong Le Phuong instructed that, to tackle the issue, regional provinces ought to diversify their shrimp farming methods and push farmers to collaborate to ensure the industry’s sustainable growth.

Regarding tra (pangasius or Vietnamese catfish), VASEP expects exports in 2011 to plummet by 40 per cent year-on-year at 900,000 tonnes and USD 1 billion in value due to scarcity of supply, which should last until May. VASEP and businesses agreed to keep the export price at a minimum of USD 2.05- USD 3 per kg