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Difficulties for Viet Nam's Surimi Exports to the EU

27 November 2013

VIET NAM - Vietnamese surimi exports to 11 European countries were down 45.2 per cent during January to October 2013.

The products brought a total revenue of US$13 million which was down compared to the same period in of 2012, reports VASEP.

The products kept showing a drop of 0.8 – 92.5 per cent in consecutive months in the first three quarters of this year, according to Viet Nam Customs.

In the first quarter, the EU ranked fourth among Viet Nam’s surimi importers. Since April, sales to the block started to slide to the fifth position in the top ten importers, after China.

Viet Nam saw a decline of 12.5 – 87.4 per cent in surimi shipments to most markets in the EU in terms of value. In which, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden got a sharp drop of more than 80 per cent. France, Spain and Germany all reduced 30 per cent of their surimi import value.

This year has been as a tough year for Vietnamese surimi exporters, as sales to most Western European countries downed.

France was the biggest surimi buyer, with a proportion of 64 per cent in EU surimi imports; but its purchase stumbled this year. Spain surimi purchase was also lower due to persistent economic crisis.

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