In the first months of 2013, crab exports to the European Union (EU) enjoyed a dramatic year-on-year rise of nearly 200 percent. The export of crab and other crustaceans to the EU generated 8.3 million USD, up 18 percent from last year.

Statistics from the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) show that exports to the UK, France, Holland and Belgium saw the highest growth rate.

Experts said that seafood is now one of the most popular dishes in the EU. However, to penetrate the market fully, Vietnam’s businesses should clarify their products’ price, quality, sample and labelling.

Crab exports are expected to enjoy accelerated growth in the second and third quarters of this year as consumer demand from Vietnam’s traditional markets tends to increase.

Crab exporters were asked to obtain a firm grasp of the EU market, and improve the quality of their products to increase Vietnam’s competitiveness.-VNA