Vietnam ships first batch of seafood abroad in 2018

08:35 | 16/01/2018 Trade

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) on January 14 shipped abroad the first batch of aquatic products in 2018 at Cat Lai port in Ho Chi Minh City.

The ceremony to ship Vietnam's first batch of seafood in 2018

The batch included three containers of frozen shrimp, sea fish and tra fish fillet at a total value of nearly VND600,000. The goods were exported to Canada, the US and the UK - three major markets of Vietnamese seafood.

According to VASEP President Ngo Van Ich, in 2017, the aquatic sector overcame many difficulties to fulfil its export target of US$8.3 billion, heading to the goal of US$10 billion in 2020.

Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong hailed the sector’s efforts in 2017 to surpass the milestone of US$8 billion in export turnover for the first time.

This year, the sector is expected to create a new milestone in export value, exceeding the set target of US$8.5 billion, he noted.

The minister asked the sector to focus on developing promising markets such as Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and China.

Enterprises should improve the quality and design of their products to create more added value and build trademark for Vietnamese seafood in the world market, he added.