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Vietnamese shrimp exports pick up while pangasius flounders

Exports were weak during the start of the year.

Vietnamese seafood exports recovered in July with a 9 percent increase year-on-year thanks to a boost in shrimp exports, reports Vietnam News.

The country's total sales of seafood in the first seven months of 2019 amounted to $4.7 billion (€4.2 billion), flatlining from the year prior, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Shrimp exports were low during the first few months of the year but began recovering in July with an increase of 13.4 percent in volume and value of $334 million (€301.1 million) compared to the same month last year.

While shrimp saw improvement, pangasius exports continued to shrink by about 13 percent in July, impacting total export sales negatively for the first seven months.

The decrease came mostly from the United States, where imports fell about 56 percent in July against last year, due to the latest antidumping review.

Exports of shrimp to the United States jumped 37 percent, to China 48 percent and to Australia 56 percent compared to the same period last year.

Despite an increase to those regions, shrimp exports to the European Union fell 21 percent and the average price decreased $1 (€0.90) per kilo against the same time last year.

Tuna also maintained growth of 16 percent, driven by increased demand from US and Japanese markets.

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