Japan has announced to end tests for Trifluralin, a commonly used pre-emergence herbicide, on Vietnamese shrimp exported to the country, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers.

Following the start of Japan ’s tests on October 21, 2010 , Vietnam ’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development banned the use of 44 Trifluralin-contained products in aquatic farming as part of efforts to win back Japan ’s confidence in Vietnamese shrimp.

Besides, Vietnam ’s shrimp export business community has endeavoured to control Trifluralin in all exported shrimp, which had a significant impact on Japan ’s decision.

Japan remains the largest market for Vietnamese shrimp. In the first four months of 2013 Vietnam exported 168 million USD of shrimp to the country, up 2.4 percent from the same period last year.-VNA