China has overcome the United States to become Vietnam’s biggest importer of tra fish, a common kind of catfish, a local association said on Tuesday. Vietnam exported $69.7 million worth of tra fish to China in the first quarter of this year, recording a year-on-year surge of 56.8 percent, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said, noting that the export turnover to China accounted for roughly 19 percent of the total to the world market…Full Article: China Daily May 2017
- Vietnam exports tra fish [aka Basa fish] to China via the norther border provinces of Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Cao Bang [all border China’s Guangxi Region]. Nearly 40 Vietnamese companies export tra fish.
- In November 2016, it was reported that Vietnamese catfish exports to the USA were suffering from increased import inspections from US customs and from an anti-dumping duty/tax.
- From 2014 to 2015, mainland Chinese imports of frozen filet catfish increased from 7,996 MTs (US$18.8 million) to 13,569 MTs (US$32.5 million). In 2015, the top importers by volume were Shanghai (44% or 6,031 MTs of mainland imports) and Tianjin (26% of imports).
- From 2014 to 2015, mainland Chinese imports of frozen whole catfish increased from 912 MTs (US$852,631) to 3,251 MTs (US$4.5 million). In 2015, the top importers by volume were Shanghai (42% or 1,329 MTs of mainland imports) and nearby Nanjing (12% of imports).
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