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September 5, 2014

Vietnam

Huge Imports of Shrimp from India

 

Of the countries that have been struck by early mortality syndrome (EMS/AHPNS), only Vietnam has made a significant recovery.  Its shrimp exports are at record levels—but maybe it’s not producing all that shrimp.  Maybe it’s importing it and then exporting it to other countries.

 

In the first eight months of 2014, Vietnam imported $720 million worth of seafood, up 73% year-on-year.  According to the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), India was the biggest supplier, accounted for 33.5% of Vietnam’s total imports, and most of those imports were tiger shrimp from India.  In the past seven months, Vietnam imported over $203 million worth of seafood from India.

 

Data from MARD show a decline in tiger shrimp production from some provinces in the Mekong Delta.  Specifically, in the first eight months of 2014, Bac Lieu Province produced 34,617 metric tons of tiger shrimp, down 7.3% year on year.  Ben Tre Province produced 6,244 tons, down 27.4%.  Shrimp production in Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province fell nearly 7%.

 

Source: Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Website.  Seafood Imports Surge.  Thu Trang.  September 4, 2014.

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