Tuna export to Canada soars hinh anh 1Illustration. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s tuna industry has bounced back strongly post-pandemic as export soared 72 percent year-on-year to 259 million USD in the first quarter of 2022, the highest in five years, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

The figure is 1.6 times that the same period of 2019, before the pandemic struck.

Shipments to the markets of Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) members rose by 49 percent in March. The three-month figure surged 40 percent to 30.4 million USD.

Canada was an emerging buyer, importing some 14 million USD worth of tuna from Vietnam from January – March, up 70 percent from a year earlier and doubling that of 2019. Canada accounted for nearly 5 percent of Vietnam’s total tuna export, making it the second largest importer of the Southeast Asian country, only after the US, and the biggest among the CPTPP markets.

Vietnam was Canada’s second largest supplier, after Thailand, that made up some 12 percent of Canada’s total import. Vietnam also made itself known as the biggest provider of frozen tuna to Canada.

Given that both countries are signatories to the CPTPP, there is still plenty of room for Vietnam’s tuna products to expand its presence in Canada largely thanks to preferential duties under the trade deal, the VASEP anticipated. Export to Canada will be likely to be on a further rise in the coming time, it said./.