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Vietnamese Tuna Exports to Portugal Surge

06 August 2013

VIET NAM - Vietnamese exports of tuna to Portugal rose by 419 per cent in the first five months of this year reaching more than $4 million.

This made Portugal one of Viet Nam’s 10 largest tuna importers, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

In the period, Portugal imported more than $2.5 million worth of tuna fillet from Viet Nam, up over 941 per cent over the same period last year and 1.4 times higher than the 2012 figure.

Viet Nam is now the second largest tuna exporter to Portugal after Spain.

Viet Nam also recorded a strong surge in exports of fresh and frozen tuna products to Portugal in the period, bringing in more than $924,000, up 67 per cent year-on-year.

Viet Nam is fourth among exporters of processed tuna products to Portugal with an export value of almost $809,000.

It is forecast that the exports of Viet Nam’s steamed tuna fillet to Portugal will continue to increase in the coming time.

However, the sector predicts that future growth could be difficult because of the demands for tuna products to be labelled as “Dolphin Safe”.

TheMeatSite News Desk

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