Import tariffs must go, say EU processors

Tariffs on imports of seafood raw material into the European Union must go, said the head of the EU Fish Processors and Traders Association (AIPCE-CEP). “Measures that seek to protect EU markets from third country competition are outdated and should no longer be part of EU policy,” the AIPCE-CEP said on June 15

Today, the majority of seafood raw material imported into the EU for processing is subject to trade barriers such as import duties, Guus Pastor, president of the AIPCE-CEP, told IntraFish. Although there are exceptions, such as cod from the Barents Sea, the majority remains subject to prohibitive duties.  Read more of this post

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New report: Blue Frontiers : Managing the environmental costs of aquaculture

A new and comprehensive analysis released by WorldFish Center and Conservation International (CI) has investigated the environmental impact of the world’s major aquaculture production systems and species, and offers a first-ever global assessment of trends and impacts of cultivated seafood. 

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Understanding and quantifying the environmental impacts of aquaculture is essential for sound decision making. Using information about environmental impact, policy-makers can establish evidence-based and fair environmental regulations. Read more of this post

Jan-April: Seafood exports up 26 percent in value

In April 2011, Vietnam’s Seafood exportes reached nearly US$ 466 million in value, up 23.5 % against the same period last year.  

Seafood exports in Jan-April amounted to more than 404MT, worth US$1.6 billion, up 7.1 percent in volume and 26.3 percent in value over the same period last year.
Seafood exports to worldwide market during Jan-April are as follows:

Shrimp: 61,338MT (up 20%), US$573 million (up 34%). Average price to most export markets increased, for example, average export price to EU is at US$9.33 per kilo. Read more of this post

Seafood firms halt export on ‘Chinese sea ban’

An official announced Tuesday that 147 Vietnamese companies have stopped exporting and processing seafood products after Chinese vendors bought all of the supply at the source and Chinese ships have continued to illegally impede Vietnamese ships from fishing.
At a conference in Ho Chi Minh City, chaired by the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers, or VASEP, experts were told many Vietnamese seafood producers are seriously lacking seafood supplies. Read more of this post

22 Vietnamese firms enjoy shrimp anti-dumping duty at 0.01%

In response to the decision of the US Court of Trade INternational, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced its ammendment on final anti-dumping duty on shrimp import from Vietnam in the period from February 1st 2006 to January 1st 2007. 

According to the DOC’s list, all 22 Vietnamese shrimp exporters enjoy the tax of 0.01 percent. According to representatives of VASEP, if the verdict has no appeal, DOC will instruct the US Customs and Border Protection to impose anti-dumping tariffs for shipments imported the US market according to the amended tax and this is great news for our country’s shrimp exports. Read more of this post

Vietnam: Numerous barriers erode seafood exporters’ competitiveness

The Asia Development Fund sponsored survey on the competitiveness carried out by the Central INstitute for Economic Management (CIEM) showed that policy environment was not favorable enought to boost the competitiveness of exporters, especially seafood ones. 

On April 19, in Ha Noi, CIEM and Asia Development Fund announced the results of the survey on the competitiveness of seafood, textile and electronic equipments exporters – the three export pillars of Viet Nam in recent years.
Profit running thin
Seafood export increased rapidly especially after Viet Nam signed the Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) with the US, Read more of this post

Seafood exports to hit US$8 billion by 2020

Seafood exports are forecast to grow by 8-10% per year, with annual export value to grow from a current level of about US$5 billion to US$6.5-6.7 billion by 2015 and US$8 billion by 2020, said deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam.

The US, EU and Japan would continue to be the three main export markets for the nation’s seafood, accounting for 60-65% of total exports.

To meet the targets, the industry would move beyond its reliance on current key products like tra fish and shrimp and develop the export potential of other seafood products, including tuna, tilapia, shellfish and seaweed, Tam said. Read more of this post

Strong EU, US and Japanese demand to raise Vietnamese exports to US$8billion by 2020

Seafood exports are forecast to grow by 8-10 percent per year, with annual export value to grow from a current level of about US$5 billion to US$6.5-6.7 billion by 2015 and $8 billion by 2020, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam.

The US, EU and Japan would continue to be the three primary export markets for the nation’s seafood, accounting for 60-65 percent of total exports. To meet the targets, the industry would move beyond its reliance on current key products like tra fish and shrimp and develop the export potential of other seafood products, including tuna, tilapia, shellfish and seaweed, Tam said. Read more of this post

Forum seeks trademarks for green sea products

Economists and authorities from coastal localities across Vietnam gathered at a forum on June 6 to seek ways to build trademarks for the country’s green marine produce and products.

Twenty-six speeches were delivered at the forum in the central coastal city of Khanh Hoa, which was the third of its kind held in response to the annual Vietnam Sea and Island Week. Read more of this post

Camau to enhance competitiveness of seafood products

In upcoming 5 years (2011 – 2015), Ca Mau, a southern province of Vietnam, strives to reach total seafood export turnover of US$5 billion or more with average value of US$1 billion per year. However, seafood processing and exporting industry in the province are facing with shortcomings, difficulties and challenges. The province should focus on solving these problems in order to bring seafood export to the cutting-edge industry. Read more of this post
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