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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s tuna exports are expected to thrive in 2019 as several obstacles regarding origin certification have been removed, said the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

The country’s tuna export turnover in 2018 increased 10 percent against the previous year, hitting 653 million USD, according to the association.

Tuna exports to the US in December 2018 reached 21 million USD, up 33 percent compared to the same period of 2017, helping total export value of the product last year to expand 1.7 percent year-on-year.

Spain was the largest EU importer of Vietnamese tuna in the year with total import value of 30 million USD, followed by the Netherlands with 25 million USD.-VNA