According to the association, exports of tra fish saw positive signals since the beginning of this year after consecutive drops in 2020, with a 1.7% rise in the first two months of 2021 to US$214 million.
In January, excepting for China and the EU, upturn was seen in the majority of markets of Vietnamese tra fish, including the US with 51%, Mexico 73%, Australia 45% and Canada 42%. Other markets such as Brazil, Colombia, the UK and Russia also experienced an increase of 37-129%.
Meanwhile, shrimp export in February was estimated at US$160 million, down 18% year on year, resulting in over US$380 million in the first two months of 2021, a slight annual fall of 0.8%.
At the same time, seafood exports rose 31.4% to US$264 million in January but dropped 21% to US$156 million in February, resulting in the two-month export value of US$420 million, up 5.5%.
The VASEP said that in the first two months of this year, exports of Vietnamese aquatic products were affected by demands of markets amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
The association forecast that aquatic export value in March will reach about US$640 million, up 1.5% over the same period last year thanks to high demand in the US, EU and members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).