May alone saw local pangasius exports to Russia, Colombia, and Mexico increase sharply by 458%, 230%, and 167%, to US$4 million, US$1.9 million, and US$6.42 million, respectively.
VASEP’s data show Vietnamese pangasius exports to Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Colombia, and Russia all witnessed surges of 61.7%, 65.5%, 18.7%, 65.7%, and 124.5% to US$30.3 million, US$27.2 million, US$25.6 million, US$17.9 million, and US$ 16.9 million, respectively, over the reviewed period.
Most notably, China remains the leading consumer of Vietnamese pangasius, importing the fish worth US$165.5 million over five months, representing an annual rise of 2.1% and making up nearly 26% of all Vietnamese pangasius exports.
Meanwhile, exports to the US also enjoyed a strong rise of 55.3% to US$134.2 million during the reviewed period, with high export turnover being recorded in both April and May.
In general, the country raked in US$637.8 million from exporting pangasius, an increase of 14.7% against the same period from last year, with turnover reaching US$148.4 million in May alone, up 39.3%.
At present, the price of raw pangasius in the Mekong Delta region over recent months has seen a slight increase of between VND21,500 and VND22,000 per kilo, showing positive signs for the industry after facing a long period of decline.