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Vietnam’s tuna exports to EU see strong surge thanks to EVFTA

by NDO/VNA17 September 2021 Last updated at 16:55 PM

Fishermen bring tuna to storage in Tien Chau port, Tuy An District of Phu Yen Province. (Photo: VNA/VNS)
Fishermen bring tuna to storage in Tien Chau port, Tuy An District of Phu Yen Province. (Photo: VNA/VNS)

VTV.vn - Vietnam exported 15,870 tonnes of tuna worth US$73.33 million to the European Union in the first half of 2021, up 39.3% and 31.6%, respectively, against the same period last year, according to a journal published by the MoIT.

The tuna shipments accounted for about 15.1% of Vietnam’s total seafood export value to the EU.

In the second quarter of 2021, the country shipped 9,360 tonnes of tuna to this market, raking in US$45.05 million, up 43.9% in volume and 59.3% in value from the previous quarter.

The surges were attributed to tariff reductions granted to Vietnam’s tuna products under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which took effect on August 1, 2020.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnamese tuna was sold at US$4.62 per kg on average to the EU in the first six months of the year, down 0.27% year on year. The global tuna prices have been also declining on the back of weakening demand of canned tuna during the period.

Significant growth was seen in a number of EU markets, including Poland which recorded imports of Vietnamese tuna rocketing 989% in volume and 608.6% in value, and Bulgaria, 289% and 229%, respectively.

Data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat) showed that Vietnam was the EU’s eighth largest provider of tuna outside the union in the first four months of 2021, making up a 4.9% share of the EU’s total tuna imports, compared to 4% in the same period last year.

The MoIT’s Agency of Foreign Trade warned that Vietnam’s tuna shipments are likely to continue facing difficulties from the EU as a result of the COVID-19 resurgence and the “yellow card” warning on the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing imposed by the EC on Vietnam.

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