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EU to inspect Vietnam seafood exporters again
Ngoc Hung
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EU to inspect Vietnam seafood exporters again

Ngoc Hung

A fishing boat returns to port. Octopus, squid and tuna exports to the EU have come back to the high growth path - PHOTO: NGOC HUNG

HCMC - A European Union (EU) team will come back to Vietnam in November to inspect seafood exporters as some issues remained unsolved in the 10-day check in June.

According to the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD), a delegation of the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and the European Commission (EC) visited Vietnam between June 20 and 29 to check the local seafood safety management system and the quality of seafood exported to the EU.

The EU delegation said the food safety control system of Vietnam could meet EU requirements, especially procedures for inspection and supervision. However, the requirements for laboratories and investigators have not been fulfilled.

The delegation inspected all steps involved in seafood production from fishing boats, fishing ports and wholesale markets to cold storage facilities and processing systems of enterprises but no violations were detected.

For years the EU has been one of the three biggest importers of Vietnamese seafood, with over US$1 billion worth of seafood imported from Vietnam. However, Vietnam has seen its seafood shipments to the EU slipping significantly. It was not among Vietnam's top four seafood importers in 2016. This year, there are signs of recovery.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), shrimp exports to the EU totaled US$119 million in the first quarter of this year, up nearly 6.5% over the same period last year. The EU was Vietnam's second largest shrimp importer, making up 19% of the total.

Exports of other seafood products such as squid and octopus also grew a staggering 80% year-on-year in the first three months. The EU now ranks third among squid and octopus importers of Vietnam, accounting for 19% of total exports, up from 14% in the first quarter of 2016.

Tuna exports to the EU picked up sharply. According to VASEP, the EU was the second leading importing markets for Vietnamese tuna with an increase of 14% in import value. Vietnam has shipped tunas to 79 markets worldwide.




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