Vietnam News, 27 August 2015. VN to export less mollusks to EU as challenges arise, by Xuan Hiep.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

HCM CITY  (VNS) — Vietnamese bivalve mollusk exports to the EU are expected to face more challenges as imports have plummeted and the country faces stiff competition from other exporters, industry insiders heard at a forum this week.

Le Hang, deputy director of Viet Nam Association of Seafood and Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said that imports from Italy, the UK and Spain had fallen between 15 and 35 per cent this year.

The EU is Viet Nam’s largest importer of bivalve mollusks, with total export value of 68 – 70 per cent…

The top nine export markets for bivalve mollusks are the EU, Japan, the US, ASEAN-member countries, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and Canada, which account for 92 per cent of total exports.

Hang said that Viet Nam should try to process more clams and other mollusk products for export this year, as demand has increased.

Besides scallops, oysters and mussels, major markets including the US, Japan, South Korea, the EU and Australia had increased processed clam imports between 5 per cent and 25 per cent last year.

Ngo The Anh of the Directorate of Fisheries said the farming area for bivalve mollusks totalled more than 150,000 ha, while the country’s total potential area for breeding was 230,000 ha in coastal provinces and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region…



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