GENERAL INFORMATION

Quality control 

Quality control and food safety assurance have always been one of the most important task for Vietnam seafood, especially in processing and exporting.

The fishery sector in recent years have been developing towards sustainability, ensuring exported seafood products can be easy for traceability and well – controlled quality in the whole chain production from seeds to finished products.

Seafood quality and food safety is managed in the chain transferred from Control of Final Products from 80s of last century to Control of Production Process (today).  

Chemicals and Residues Monitoring

Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products implemented since 2000 in over the country including concentrated aquaculture areas, species with large yield, all crops in all year round. These results are recognized by the U.S, EU, South Korea..

Post harvest seafood quality and safety monitoring program implemented since 2009 in over the country including fishing seafood, aquaculture products (criteria and species not included by the Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products).

Up to December 2015, there are 612 plants meeting national standards of hygiene, 100% plants applied HACCP, 461 EU-qualified (EU code) plants and many factories applied GMP, SSOP.   

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets  

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets

(Updated: Nov 2015)

No

Export markets

Update time

Proposed update time

1

Europe (EU)

6 Jan 2016

26 Jan 2016

2

South Korean

2 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016

3

China

1 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016

4

Brazil

22 Dec 2015

 

5

Argentine

28 Jan 2016

 

6

Ukraine (list of pangasius producers)

9 Jan 2014

 

7

Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyryzstan)

21 Jun 2015

 

8

El Salvado

 

7 May 2010

9

List of bivalve molluck processors exporting to EU

8 Dec 2015

 

10

List of seasoned dried leather jacket fish processors exporting to Korea

25 Dec 2015

25 Dec 2015

11

The list of exporters qualified for food safety assurance (updated by Vietnam customs)

2 Feb 2016

 

12

List of processors eligible in exporting pangasius to the US.

9 Mar 2016

 

 

Russian food import ban benefits Vietnam

Russia’s recent decision to ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the US, the EU, Australia, Canada and Norway creates opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to expand exports to the Eurasian country.

The ban is valid from August 6 and will last for one year.

To meet the shortfall of banned foodstuffs for its more than 140 million population, Russia is now actively seeking alternative sources of supply, reports the Vietnam Trade Office in Russia.

Vietnamese business strengths lie in the production of fruit, vegetables, meat and agricultural products and Russian businesses are desirous of expanding cooperation for these items, Phan Quang Niem, Trade Counsellor to Russia says.

He states that Russia is enhancing imports from former Soviet Union countries and actively working with Latin American nations to import seafood, fruit and vegetables Vietnamese businesses should not miss out on this golden opportunity to prosper.

The Moscow Ministry of Industry and Trade is working with the Vietnamese Trade Office on measures to increase cooperation between the two nations and facilitate Vietnamese businesses stepping up operations in Russia, Niem said.

Vietnamese Entrepreneurs’ Association Vice Chairman Duong Hai An in Russia and Director General of the Volga-Viet Company, said taxes on Russian agriculture is very low, even at zero, which benefits Vietnamese businesses.

Currently, Volga-Viet cultivates on 80 ha, but its fruit and vegetables have not been enough for the market in the past. The Russian ban on food imports provides Volga-Viet a great opportunity to expand cultivation to supply agricultural products to Volgograd, Moscow and some other localities.

An said the crisis in relationship between Russia and Western countries will not be resolved over night. It is time for Vietnamese businesses in Russia and at home to seize the opportunity to penetrate the Russian market.

Phan Van Hau, a Vietnamese businessperson in Tambov province, said his company specialises in garments, however, the Russia embargo affects European countries and in turn negatively affected his exports.

His company is now planning on grasping the opportunity and invest in agriculture.

Market analysts are saying that Russia offers huge opportunities for Vietnamese businesses, especially with negotiations for a free trade agreement between Vietnam and Customs Union (Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus) coming to an end.

In addition to objective factors like the great geographic distance between the two countries, lack of information about trading customs and support from local authorities, the passiveness of Vietnamese is the significant issue.

Niem underscored the point that businesses need to be proactive in accessing the market. If they want to boost exports to the market they should accelerate trade promotion activities through attending seminars, fairs, exhibitions and seeking partners.

In addition, ministries should support businesses, he adds.

Bilateral trade and investment relations have seen rapid growth over the past years hitting nearly US$1.76 billion in the first half of this year, according to Russian Customs.

Russia ranks the 18th largest foreign investor in Vietnam with 97 projects valued at US$2 billion. Vietnam has also pumped US$2.4 billion into 17 Russia-based projects.

(Source VOV)



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