Shrimp exports in the first quarter reached 436 million USD, an increase of about 9.3 percent in value over the same period last year, according to the Vietnam Customs Department.

In March alone, 178 million USD worth of shrimps were shipped abroad, an increase of almost 29 percent over February and a year-on-year increase of 13.4 percent.

Shrimp exports to leading markets like Japan , US, mainland China and Hong Kong have achieved positive growth rates of between 13-26 percent, according to VASEP.

Exports to Australia in the first quarter soared to 20 million USD, or double the value achieved in the same period last year, and the outlook is promising, the association said.

In the first quarter, Japan 's shrimp import from Vietnam hit its highest value at 113.5 million USD, up 17.3 percent year-on-year. The US was the second biggest importer at 90.2 million USD, up 9.2 percent, and the EU came in third at 59.7 million USD, down 21.8 percent.

Shrimp exports to the three largest markets accounted for more than 60 percent of the country's total shrimp export value in the first quarter.-VNA