Duong Nghia Hiep, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT) said this year seafood exports continue to face certain difficulties. Some countries still impose the highest anti-dumping tariffs on Vietnam’s shrimps and put up more trade barriers to protect their domestic production.
To deal with the difficulties, Can Tho has implemented a series of measures to improve the quality of products, speed up the export of high-grade seafood, ensure food hygiene and safety and diversify export products.
It has bought 100,000 tonnes of prawn shrimp, whiteleg shrimp and tra fish from Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Kien Giang, An Giang and Dong Thap provinces to process for exports. This way helps increase the proportion of high-grade export products and meet the needs of fastidious markets in Europe, North America, Oceania and Japan.
According to the DoIT, on the first 10 days of January, the province exported 4,400 tonnes of seafood, earning US$13.3 million, US$1.7 million higher than the same period last year.
Last year, despite technical barriers and trade disputes with many foreign partners, the province still shipped 140,000 tonnes of seafood worth US$420 million, a rise of 9% over a year earlier.