|Farmers harvest tra fish in southern Dong Thap Province's Thanh Binh District. Thailand has become Viet Nam's leading tra fish export market in the ASEAN as of end-July 2014. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS) — Thailand has become Viet Nam's leading tra fish export market in the ASEAN as of end-July 2014, according to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Entrepreneurs (VASEP).
The association cited figures from the Viet Nam General Department of Customs showing that tra fish export turnover reached US$27.98 million, representing a 40-per cent increase over that of the same period last year.
Viet Nam's tra fish exports to Thailand posted positive growth from the beginning of this year in spite of political unrest in the ASEAN country in the first months of 2014.
VASEP also cited figures from the International Trade Centre showing Thailand imported 10,070 tonnes of tra fish and frozen fish fillets in the first seven months of this year, with a majority or 99.8 per cent of the imports coming from Viet Nam.
Thailand imported tra fish from Viet Nam for domestic consumption, VASEP officials said. As of the end of last year, Thailand's importation of Vietnamese tra fish ranked only second among ASEAN countries.
According to VASEP, Thailand is a potential market and a gateway for Viet Nam to expand tra fish exports to other ASEAN markets with an estimated total population of more than 600 million people.
As of mid-August 2014, Vietnamese tra fish exports to ASEAN countries was estimated to reach $87.5 million, representing a 13.3-per cent increase over that of the same period last year.
While tra fish exports to ASEAN, the third largest importer after the Europe Union (EU) and the United States (US), posted growth, exports to the EU dropped by 7.3 per cent over that of the same period last year to $220 million.
The EU was currently the country's biggest tra fish importer, accounting for 21 per cent of total tra fish export turnover. — VNS