09:22 | 11/10/2016 Trade
The local fishing industry continues to face many challenges toward reaching its year-end export target of US$7 billion, according to experts.
The local fishing industry continues to face many challenges toward reaching its year-end export target of US$7 billion, according to experts — Photo: angiang.gov.vn
The Viet Nam Association Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP) said that first nine months of this year showed stable export value growth for seafood products, excluding cuttle-fish and octopus. Many export markets trended up, creating solid conditions for local enterprises to promote seafood exports at this year end.
In particular, the free trade agreement between Viet Nam and Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) that came into effect on October 5 should create favourable conditions for Việt Nam's fishing industry to increase seafood exports to EAEU member countries.
However, VASEP general secretary Truong Dinh Hoe reported that in the last three months of this year, shrimp export volume sent to the US might remain stagnant or even reduce. The US Chamber of Commerce has decided to raise its anti-dumping tax on Vietnamese shrimp at rate 5 time higher than previously suggested.
Meanwhile, exports of tra catfish to the US have continued to grow since the beginning of this year. However, local exporters fear anti-dumping duties on the fish and the US tra fish inspection programme, the association said. The tra fish exports to the EU grew slowly in the first nine months while competing with other kinds of white-meat fish.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in this year's nine-month period, seafood exports brought home more than $4.9 billion, surging 4.3 per cent year-on-year. The US, Japan, China and South Korea were the four main importers of Vietnamese seafood, making up 53.7 per cent of the total export revenue.
If Viet Nam were to earn $7.1 billion in export value of seafood for this whole year, the figure would be 7 percent higher than 2015./.