Vietnam's tuna exports to the EU continued to increase despite a recent decline in shrimp and tra fish exports, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Over the first eight months of this year, the country has exported nearly 74 million USD worth of tuna to the EU, up 51.5 percent against the same period last year, VASEP said.

Vietnam now ships tuna to 20 countries within the bloc. Germany and Italy were the leading importers of Vietnamese tuna, recording year-on-year growth of 73 percent and 118 percent. Spain's 113 percent rate of growth helped it surpass Belgium and secure third place.-VNA