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June 17, 2014

Japan

Top Ten Shrimp Suppliers to Japan

 

In the first four months of 2014, Vietnam was the top supplier of shrimp to Japan, while shrimp exports to Japan from India, Thailand and Indonesia showed sharp declines in both volume and value.

 

Through April 2014, Vietnam shrimp exports to Japan rose 31.9 percent in value, but dropped 40.2 percent in volume, according to statistics released by the International Trade Center.  The decline in volume was attributed to Japan’s inspection for oxytetracycline in Vietnamese shrimp.  Shrimp exports from Thailand dropped 41.8 percent in volume and 34.7 percent in value, while those from Indonesia dropped 40.9 percent in volume and 9.8 percent and those from India dropped 39.3 percent in volume and 17.5 percent in value.

 

Compared to other shrimp exporters of tiger shrimp to Japan, Vietnam has an advantage because it’s the largest producer of tiger shrimp.

 

After some easing of the early mortality syndrome epidemic, tiger shrimp prices on the global market and in the Japanese market remain high, while white shrimp price have tended to fall because many countries are producing them.

 

Vietnam shrimp exporters to Japan now enjoy a zero tariff, but they still face some barriers because of problems with antibiotics and banned chemicals.  Through April 2014, the number of Vietnamese shrimp consignments to Japan which had oxytetracycline residues in excess of the permitted limits of 0.2 parts per million was reduced significantly from four in March to one in April.

 

Top 10 Shrimp Suppliers to Japan

(January to April by Volume, Kilos)

 

Country

Jan-Apr 2013

Jan-Apr 2014

% Change

1

Vietnam

22,559,887

13,487,222

-40.2

2

Thailand

19,730,806

11,477,283

-41.8

3

Indonesia

14,937,385

8,823,397

-40.9

4

Argentina

4,095,274

7,971,144

94.6

5

India

9,027,758

5,475,725

-39.3

6

China

8,633,262

5,418,382

-37.2

7

Myanmar

1,581,913

1,607,552

1.6

8

Malaysia

1,701,892

1,015,155

-40.3

9

Bangladesh

896,240

965,937

7.7

10

Sri Lanka

421,463

669,584

58.8

11

Others

72,835,865

59,391,675

-18.4

 

Total

156,421,745

116,303,056

-25.6

 

Top 10 Shrimp Suppliers to Japan

(January to April by Value, $ thousands)

 

Country

Jan-Apr 2013

Jan-Apr 2014

% Change

1

Vietnam

144,914

191,175

31.9

2

Thailand

218,357

142,590

-34.7

3

Indonesia

131,563

118,625

-9.8

4

Argentina

31,193

76,466

145.1

5

India

72,761

59,992

-17.5

6

China

50,838

58,876

15.8

7

Myanmar

14,812

15,703

6.0

8

Malaysia

14,391

12,692

-11.8

9

Sri Lanka

4,431

9,256

108.9

10

Bangladesh

6,324

8,419

33.1

11

Others

726,159

727,202

0.1

 

Total

1,415,743

1,420,996

<0.1

 

Source: Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Website.  Vietnam Shrimp Exports to Japan Boosted Thanks to Black Tiger Shrimp.  Kim Thu.  June 16, 2014.

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