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Seafood, apparel stocks seen benefiting from CPTPP
Phuong Thao
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Seafood, apparel stocks seen benefiting from CPTPP

Phuong Thao

HCMC – Enterprises in the aquaculture, garment and textile sectors are expected to benefit from the newly signed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) while agricultural and financial firms will face stronger competition.

Eleven Pacific Rim countries signed the CPTPP in Chile last week, which is the revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. The signing of the deal went on despite the U.S. withdrawal from TPP in January 2017. 

The signatories are Singapore, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Vietnam.

According to Viet Dragon Securities Company, seafood and apparel stocks such as TCM, TNG, EVE, VHC and FMC made sharp gains on the morning of last Friday, helped by the signing of the pact. The sectors benefiting the most from the high-standard trade pact include garment/textile, seafood, logistics and real estate.

For the apparel industry, Vietnam’s exports to CPTPP member economies account for 13% of the total, way below 38% to the U.S. alone. Among the 10 other members, Japan is Vietnam’s biggest importer with around US$4 billion a year. TCM and GMC are the listed apparel enterprises with strong exports to Japan.

The seafood sector has a better outlook as CPTPP countries import around US$2 billion worth of seafood from Vietnam a year, making up 23% of the nation’s total shipments. Japan alone accounts for over 15% and Vietnamese exporters of shrimp, octopus and tuna products will see a brighter future.

The real estate sector will also get a boost as huge foreign investment is expected to flow into the country. The demand for infrastructure at industrial zones, high-class apartments, resorts, golf courses and offices for lease is projected to surge.

But businesses in the agriculture, animal feed, pharmaceutical and finance sectors will be facing tougher competition, said the brokerage firm.

More agricultural, dairy, sugar and feed products from Australia and New Zealand will enter the local market. Pharmaceutical firms will have to compete with foreign players due to lower import tariffs.

Banks from Japan, Canada and Australia will be able to sell their products and services in Vietnam without having to establish branches in the country, putting pressure on domestic banks.

Last Friday, after reaching an 11-year intraday high of 1,135 points early in the morning, the VN-Index closed down less than a tenth of a percentage point. For the entire week, the index rose 2% for the fourth week in a row.

GAS was the largest contributor to the day’s loss after the Brent crude oil price fell in overnight trade for a second day. Other energy stocks also sold off, including PVD, PVS and PLX.

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