Vietnam’s export of tuna continues to rise in the first quarter of this year due to the growing demand from foreign markets, says the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep).

In March only, the country’s tuna exports increased 17.5 percent in volume and 45.1 percent in value over the same period last year, with 9,345 tonnes of tuna exported, collecting 43.4 million USD and bringing Q1 tuna export turnover up 13.3 percent with export value reaching 104 million USD.

In particular, tuna exports to Canada recorded a sharp increase at 117.4 percent compared to last year, while tuna exports to Iran hit 2,286 tonnes, accounting for 89.6 percent of Vietnam ’s total seafood export to Iran .

Tuna exports are expected to keep on rising in Q2 of this year, with supply coming from 77 Vietnamese enterprises, who have exported tuna to 66 foreign markets, said Vasep./.