(vasep.com.vn) In the first two months of 2021, the total value of Vietnam's shrimp exports reached US $376 million, down by 1.9% year-on-year. In which, CPTPP market sector is still leading, accounting for 34.26% of total shrimp export. Lack of containers and high sea freight to European and US markets and congestion at Chinese import ports due to strict corona virus control regulations have affected Vietnam's shrimp exports in the first 2 months of the year. However, since March, the situation has been more positive, so it is forecasted that shrimp exports in the second quarter of 2021 will flourish again.
By the end of February 2021, the total value of shrimp exports to this market block reached US$ 128.8 million, up by 4.1% over the same period last year. In which, exports to Japan decreased by 7.1%, but exports to Australia increased sharply by nearly 51%; to Canada and Singapore raised up 1.5% and 3% respectively over the same period last year.
In 2020, due to the influence of Covid-19, Japan's shrimp imports fell sharply, especially tiger shrimp products. The value of Japanese shrimp imports from the three largest sources of Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia also decreased or leveled off. This also had a significant impact on shrimp imports in the first 3 months of this year.
US and EU markets
In the first two months of 2021, the total value of shrimp exports to the US reached 73 million USD, down by 1.4% and to the EU reached 52.3 million USD, down by 3.6% over the same period last year. Earlier this year, falling prices in global shrimp was also a reason for the drop in export value to the US and EU. According to many large shrimp importers, the demand for processed shrimp products in American restaurants has started to increase again, so many Indian and Indonesian processed shrimp exporters have started to take advantage of the opportunity to send this product to America. Vietnamese frozen shrimp is also competing well in this market. However, after the service industry has rebounded in the US and EU, it is forecasted that retail consumption will decrease, maybe in the near future there will be a shortage of shrimp products in the US, EU or UK, then shrimp imports will increase.
In the first two months of this year, Russia was the remarkable market as Vietnam's shrimp export value to this market increased by 107.4% over the same period last year, reaching $5.3 million. Although compared to other major export markets, this value is still modest, but this breakthrough growth is also a suggestion for businesses who want to change their market.
It can be seen that in the first two months of 2021, Vietnam's shrimp export value to many major markets decreased compared to the same period last year. However, reviewing the demands and the economic situation of major markets that are recovering, shrimp exporting enterprises can completely believe that Vietnam shrimp exports in the upcoming time will grow again positively.