(CPV) - The US’s tra fish import volume in June 2013 hit a high record at more than 25,000 million pounds, a 16 percent rise from the previous month and a 42 percent increase compared to the same month last year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP).
From 2009 to now, the US’s average tra fish import volume in May and June often decreased by 5 percent from other months. However, the figure announced by VASEP showed a different pattern this year.
According to statistics by the US Department of Commerce, in the first half of the year, the market imported more than 106,000 million pounds of tra fish, a year-on-year increase of 2.2 percent. Of this, almost all was imported from Vietnam, up 2.9 percent compared to the same period last year, and the rest was from China.
In 2013, the US imported a large volume of catfish from China with more than 1.650 million pounds in June, a 27.7 percent reduction from May 2013 but a more than 376 percent rise from June 2012.
Specifically, in June, the country continued to suspend purchase of tra fish from China, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia, but maintained imports of the fish from Vietnam./.