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HA NOI (VNS)— The Philippines has banned the import of live shrimp from Viet Nam due to fear of disease, according to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
The country's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources fears that Vietnamese shrimp could infect native shrimp with early mortality syndrome (EMS).
The ban applies only to live shrimp, VASEP said, so Philippine importers are still allowed to buy frozen processed shrimp from Viet Nam.
In the first quarter this year, the Philippines was the second-largest importer of shrimp from Viet Nam among ASEAN member countries, with total imports of nearly US$1.3 million, according to VASEP.
Earlier, in mid-April, Mexico also decided to stop importing live shrimp from mainland China, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam.-VNS