US becomes largest importer of Vietnamese tra fish

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Vietnam earned US$170.18 million from tra fish exports to the US in the first five months of 2013, up 16% from last year’s same period, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

In May alone, the figure was estimated at US$56.9 million, a year-on-year increase of 72%, making the US become the largest importer of Vietnamese tra fish.

US becomes largest importer of Vietnamese tra fish

The EU now ranks second, accounting for 22.4% of Vietnam’s total tra export turnover.

In the first five months, tra fish exports to this market fell to US$159 million, down 15.6% from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, there are an increase in both volume and value of tra exports to Southeast Asia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Colombia.

According to Vietnam customs statistics, export earnings from tra fish reached US$174.09 million in May, up 15.7% over the same month of last year, but the five-month figure was just US$708.89 million, down 1.5% year on year.

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