Tra fish are proccessed for export (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Another 12 Vietnamese catfish exporters are now eligible to ship their products to the US, pushing the total number of eligible firms to 57.

The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department said there are four more firms on the waiting list, and the agency would work with the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to speed up the verification process.

The US is the biggest import market for Vietnamese Tra fish with a stable demand and good prices.

As of May 15, Vietnam shipped 130 million USD worth of Tra fish to the US, up 7.6 percent compared to the same period last year.

The export volume is expected to see a year-on-year increase of between 10 and 15 percent in the next quarter.-VNA