exporters join in Boston expo
HA NOI — Vietnamese
seafood exporters have joined in the three-day International Seafood Show in
Boston, ending today.
At the annual show, 26
members of the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP)
diplayed their products and information in a 250sq.m stall at the exposition.
Participating in the show
was a chance for Vietnamese seafood exporters to find trading partners in the US
and throughout North America and get updated market information, VASEP said. The
show was part of a key national trade promotion programme to help seafood
exporters develop new markets.
Other elements of the
programme include the Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo in Tokyo
in July, Gulfood 2009 in the United Arab Emirates in February, and the European
Seafood Exposition in Brussels in April.
The US imported US$761
million worth of Vietnamese seafood last year, according to the US Department of
Commerce, making seafood Viet Nam’s fourth leading source of export value in
the US, following garments, wood products and footwear.
Viet Nam is one of the top
10 seafood exporters in the world, earning $4.5 billion last year from seafood
exports, with the US, the EU, Japan and South Korea accounting for half of
seafood export value.
The International Seafood
Show in Boston is North America’s largest seafood exhibition and one of
largest in the world, attracting up to 18,000 buyers and sellers from 90
countries and territories. — VNS