Aquatic product export on recovery hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam’s aquatic product export is expected to hit 8.7-9 billion USD, a year-on-year increase of 5-7 percent compared with last year's figure as demand is rising in many countries thanks to vaccination, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

The implementation of large-scale vaccinations in many countries helps people gradually feel secure and return to tourism, entertainment and public activities. Therefore, the demand for seafood will recover in both the restaurant, hotel and service sectors, it said.

The recovery of the consumption market continued to affect the demand for procurement and processing aquatic products for export, which dominated the trend of increasing raw material prices.

Data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Agricultural Products Processing and Market Development Department  showed that Vietnam’s aquatic export revenue was estimated at 3.24 billion USD by the end of May, up 12 percent over the same period last year.

The United States, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea remained to be the top export markets of Vietnamese seafood in the four months of this year, accounting for 56.1 percent of the total export value.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said that tra (Pangasius) fish and shrimp are items with significantly increased export value. He attributed the activeness of enterprises in market expansion to positive results of the export of the sector in general and the aquatic products in particular.

Pangasius imports in some major markets such as China and South American markets tend to slightly increase with the rising demand for large-sized fillets while factory inventories and the supply of raw fish of this size are currently are not high, Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper reported.

According to the Agricultural Products Processing and Market Development Department, the world's demand for shrimp import would increase again, especially in large markets while the supply from countries including India and other suppliers would decrease due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nguyen Quoc Toan, the department’s director, said: “It is forecast that Vietnam's shrimp exports in the following months will still achieve good growth results due to many advantages from Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and stability in farming and production when the COVID-19 pandemic is put under control."

The stable supply of pangasius has created favourable conditions for its export activities in the first half of this year. Therefore, he said, it is necessary to focus on promoting pangasius exports to large and traditional markets such as the United States, European Union, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the third quarter of this year.

Attention should be paid to the markets that are recovering including Russia and the United Kingdom, Toan said.

According to the MoIT, the exports of aquatic products to the Chinese, Japanese and European Union markets would not recover strongly.  Such markets as Australia, Canada, UK, Russia would continue to be new bright spots for aquatic products exports in the second half of the year because the demand is increasing and there are no market barriers.

While enjoying favourable conditions, the export of aquatic products still faced many obstacles from now until the end of the year, a representative of the MoIT said.

Specifically, the market demand focuses on canned products, dry goods, surimi, preserved and processed goods with affordable prices which are suitable for retail consumption. Demand for fresh aquatic products would continue to decline, the representative said./.