Meretrix lusoria, the hamaguri, Asian hard clam or common Orient clam (Photo: VASEP)
Export of bivalve mollusks fell slightly
Monday, September 23, 2019, 00:00 (GMT + 9)
VASEP inform that Vietnam's bivalve mollusk exports in Jan-May 2019 reached USD 36.2 million, down 3% compared to the same period in 2018.
In this period, Vietnam exported bivalve mollusks to 50 markets. The EU, Japan and the US were the three largest importers, accounting for 90% of Vietnam's export value of bivalve mollusks, of which EU accounted for 68%, Japan and the US accounted for 12% and 10% respectively.
Hamaguri Clam Clear Soup is a a traditional Japanese soup (Photo: Stockfile)
Exports to the two main markets of EU and Japan grew positively, yet exports to other markets fell, so exports decreased slightly compared to the same period in 2018.
Exports to EU focuses on three markets: Spain, Portugal and Italy, these markets accounted for 78% of exports to EU market. In which, exports to Spain and Italy jumped by 12% and 25% respectively compared to the same period in 2018, while exports to Portugal dropped by 3.6%.
The Cerastoderma edule specie has high demand in Spain and Italy for paellas, risottos and seafood mix (Photo: Stockfile)
Exports to Japan, the second largest importer of Vietnam, reached US$ 4.4 million, an increase of 69% compared to the same period of 2018. While exports to China and ASEAN fell sharply by 3 figures, at 807% and 111% respectively.
The demand for bivalve mollusks is currently increasing and the prices of products are going up as well. In order to increase the demand of young consumers, the bivalve mullusk industry needs to enhance product diversification and take advantage of FTAs such as Japan and the EU.
Source: Van Ha/VASEP