The association reported that in the first six months of this year, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries, the third largest market of Vietnamese tuna after the U.S. and Europe, imported USD 68 million worth of the fish from Vietnam, a 50% rise over the same period last year.

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In addition, VASEP said the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the U.S. faced the highest inflation in the past 40 years, with foodstuff prices increasing by 19% compared to the average level in the past 10 years, including that of chicken, a popular cheap protein source in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the price of chicken and poultry meat in the U.S. is forecast to continue to increase from 15% to 18% in 2022. VASEP held that when the prices of cheap protein foodstuff increase, tuna could be a good alternative of U.S. consumers. Therefore, the association held that Vietnamese tuna is enjoying more opportunities in such markets.

This year, tuna export turnover is expected to reach about USD 1.1 billion, up 45% from the previous year, considering a 56% growth in the first six months of the year.

Tuna export turnover in June reached USD 90 million, a year-on-year increase of 41%, bringing the value for the first half of the year to USD 553 million, a year-on-year rise of 56%.

Regarding markets, VASEP said that good growth was seen in most major markets except the E.U., Israel and Egypt.

As of the end of June, tuna export value to the U.S. totaled more than USD 300 million, up 96% over the same period last year.

Besides the three major export markets, tuna exports to Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the Philippines and Russia also increased.

VASEP forecasts that tuna exports in the second half of the year will continue to grow well, but at a slower rate.

Source: VNA