Seafood exports growth slows due to global inflation

By Dat Nguyen   August 26, 2022 | 10:01 pm PT
Seafood exports growth slows due to global inflation
Fishermen work on a beach in Ha Tinh Province in March 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Hung
Vietnam’s seafood exports have been slowing down since July as inflation takes a toll on consumption in the U.S., E.U. and U.K.

Exports to the U.S. declined by 30.5% year-on-year in July after inflation in that country hit a 41-year high the previous month, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Black tiger shrimp exports were down 69% and that of pangasius fish, 4%. But tuna shipments increased by 34% and that of squid by 90%.

But exports were up 30% in the year-to-date.

Exports to the E.U. rose by 18% year-on-year in July, well down from the 31% in the second quarter.

Inflation has been skyrocketing in the bloc, with the Russia – Ukraine tension causing food prices to climb, VASEP said, adding that the falling euro also contributed to declining consumption.

Exports to the U.K. fell by 12% year-on-year in the second quarter and 18% in July, as inflation raged at a 40-year high.

Shrimp and tuna exports were down 27% and 54%.

Exports to China rose by 25% in July, but authorities there are still monitoring the spread of Covid-19 closely at the border and will ban any exporter whose cargo is found infected.

With seafood exports reaching nearly reached $6.7 billion in the first seven months, VASEP is optimistic about achieving $10 billion for the year.

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