Clam exports reached USD 21 million in the first quarter of 2022
According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), in the first quarter of 2022, clam exports reached USD 21 million, an increase of 36% over the same period in 2021, accounting for 66% of the country's total shellfish exports.
Vietnam's main clam export markets in the first quarter of 2022 are the EU, the US, South Korea, Singapore, the UK and Japan. In which, clam exports to South Korea had the strongest growth, with an increase of 182% over the same period in 2021. Meanwhile, clam exports to Portugal and Japan decreased; the remaining markets all had positive growth in exports.
The largest clam export markets of Vietnam in the EU in the first quarter of 2022 include Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Belgium. In the first quarter of 2022, clam exports to Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium all had strong growth, only clam exports to Portugal decreased by 9%.
In the first quarter of 2022, Italy was the largest single clam import market of Vietnam, reaching USD 6.4 million, an increase of 45% over the same period in 2021. Spain ranked second with USD 6.3 million, an increase of 44% compared to the first quarter of 2021.
Products such as meat clams, steamed whole white/brown clams, processed value added products such as steamed clams with garlic butter, clams with tomyum seasoning, etc. are favorite products of the EU market.
Inflation and high food prices in the EU make Vietnamese clam products receive more attention from customers and importers in the EU. Along with tax incentives from the EVFTA Agreement, Vietnam's clam exports to the EU market this year are expected to grow well.
As of the end of the first quarter of 2022, the whole country had 13 localities with clam exports, of which Thanh Hoa ranked first with an export turnover of over USD 3 million, accounting for over 24% of the total clam export turnover.
In second place is Ben Tre province, with a turnover of USD 2.1 million, accounting for 16% of the total clam export turnover of the country. Next is Nam Dinh province, with a turnover of USD 1.8 million, accounting for 14% of the country's clam exports.
Currently, Vietnamese clams have a great advantage in terms of prestige and quality, especially clams in Ben Tre have been awarded international MSC certification. Vietnamese clams are appreciated for their taste, nutrition, white flesh, thick flesh and are a favorite product in many major markets around the world.
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