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Ministry Urges Australia to Permit Shrimp Imports Again

Rachel Ralte
13 February 2017, at 12:00am

VIET NAM - Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has called on the Australian Government to allow the import of prawns and uncooked shrimps again soon.

In a note sent to the Australia’s agriculture and water resources department on 9 February, Mr Anh expressed concern about the negative impact of the suspension of imports on Vietnamese shrimp raisers and exporters.

On 9 January, the Australian department had announced that it was suspending the import of prawns and uncooked shrimps from all Asian nations, including Viet Nam, after an outbreak of white spot disease was reported in five aquaculture sites on Logan River in southeast Queensland, as well as in shrimps in the river, in December last year. The suspension is supposed to last for six months.

Under the suspension, the batches of prawns sent to Australia as of 9 January would be destroyed or re-exported, while the batches that arrived before that date or were in transit in Australia would undergo rigorous examination before it was allowed to be used.

Mr Anh has proposed to the Australian Government to revert to the previous regulations that were in place before 9 January on the batches of prawns already imported to Australia, the batches which were en route from Viet Nam to Australia, and the batches that have been produced under contracts between Vietnamese and Australian firms.

In a meeting in Ha Noi on 10 February, the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MoIT) deputy minister Tran Quoc Khanh briefed Australian ambassador to Viet Nam Craig Chittick on the huge losses caused by the suspension to Vietnamese shrimp farmers and exporters.

Source: Viet Nam News