Tuna processing. (Photo: VASEP)
Tuna exports grew 50pc in 2012
Friday, February 15, 2013, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
Top 10 tuna exporters from Vietnam last year generated USD 484.5 million on total sales of USD 569.4 million, representing an increase of just over 50 per cent compared to 2011.
Yueh Chyang Co remained in the number one spot with USD 68.6 million, followed by Havuco with USD 60.9 million and Thinh Hung Co, Ltd with USD 56.3 million. Ranking fourth was Tin Thinh Co with USD 56.1 million, followed by Foodtech Co with USD 54,6 million and Hai Long Nha Trang Seafood Co with USD 44 million.
Highland Dragon came in seventh place with USD 39.2 million, followed by Toan Thang Co in eighth with USD 37.5 million, Hong Ngoc PTE in ninth with USD 35.9 million and Bidifisco in tenth with USD 31.2 million in tuna exports.
Last December, Vietnam exported USD 42.8 million of tuna products, representing a jump of 20.6 per cent from December 2011. In 2012, exports reached USD 569.4 million, up 50.1 per cent from that reported in 2011.
The US came in first with USD 12.6 million worth of Vietnamese tuna imports in December, down 8.6 per cent and taking up 29.5 per cent of the market. In 2012 as a whole, the US imported USD 244.7 million, taking up 43 per cent of sales and up 42.8 per cent.
The European Union (EU) followed with tuna imports worth USD 12.2 million in December, up 42.4 per cent and representing 28.5 per cent of the market. For the entire 2012, the EU imported USD 113.8 million, representing 20 per cent of sales and a jump of 43 per cent.
Next came Japan with USD 3.6 million worth of Vietnamese tuna imports in December, down 29 per cent and taking up 8.5 per cent of the market. In 2012, Japan bought USD 54.2 million of tuna, climbing 23 per cent and constituting 9.5 per cent of sales.
It was followed by Israel with USD 1.4 million in tuna imports from Vietnam last December, up 10.5 per cent and taking up 3.3 per cent of the market. In 2012, Israel imported USD 12.9 million worth of tuna, up 130.1 per cent and taking up 2.3 per cent of sales.
Then, Canada bought 463,000 worth of tuna in December, down 61.2 per cent and representing 1.1 per cent of sales. For all of 2012, this country imported USD 10.1 million in tuna shipments, up 25.3 per cent and taking up 1.8 per cent of the market.
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By Natalia Real