Vietnam raked in around 552 million USD from the export of aquatic products in the first month of 2014, up 13.9 percent against the same period last year.

The country shipped abroad nearly 400,000 tonnes of aquatic products, a yearly increase of 0.8 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The US remains Vietnam’s biggest seafood importer, accounting for almost 21.3 percent of the country’s total exports. Japan followed with 16.21 percent, and the Republic of Korea , 7.44 percent.

Vietnam earned a record 6.8 billion USD from seafood shipment last year, and hopes to raise the earnings to 7 billion USD by the end of 2014.

The country’s aquatic products are shipped to over 150 markets worldwide. Besides traditional partners such as the US, Japan, and Europe, China and India have emerged as Vietnam’s potential seafood importers.-VNA