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Viet Nam Remains Japan's Biggest Shrimp Supplier

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VIET NAM - Statistics from the International Trade Center (ITC) showed that Vietnam remained the leading frozen raw shrimp supplier to Japan. It was followed by Thailand, Indonesia and India, respectively.

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Shrimp imports into Japan from Vietnam in Jan-Oct 2015, however, reported the year-on-year slump in both volume and value.

The source also revealed that in the first 10 months of 2015, shrimp imports into Japan reached 171,753 MT, down 3.7 per cent year on year. In dollar terms, it was worth US$1.8 billion, down 17.8 per cent year on year, reports VASEP.

The decline in shrimp imports was attributable to yen devaluation and higher prices. As the yen depreciated, Japanese processors had to spend much more on a certain amount of imported shrimp.

This resulted in higher prices for final products. However, due to the slowdown of the economy, consumers were not willing to spend more.

Starting from May, Japan steadily increased shrimp imports. October reported the highest results comparing to all other month in the year. The demand gets higher along with the year-end holidays, therefore, imports are expected to be higher then. Seafood expenditure for Japanese household rose 10 per cent year on year to JPY 160 per 100 grams.

Most shrimp Japan imported are frozen raw shrimp (HS code 030617) and processed shrimp (HS code 160521). Vietnam is Japan’s top supplier for frozen raw shrimp. Indonesia ranked the second.