Sign up | Log in



Home  >>  Daily News  >>  Vietnam News  >> Trade  >>  EU’s new law seen a barrier to Vietnam’s seafood exports
NEWS UPDATES 24 November 2009

EU’s new law seen a barrier to Vietnam’s seafood exports

Related Stories

November 22, 2009
EU likely to remove tariff on Chinese, Vietnamese shoes

November 20, 2009
Vietnam may cap local dairy product prices

November 9, 2009
Vietnam seeks $1bn WB loan for forex boost

November 7, 2009
Vietnam targets 6.5% growth in 2010

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has warned that regulations on EU’s new IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing) law would be the biggest hindrance for Vietnamese seafood companies when they try to export products, reported local website Vietnam Net Bridge.

Under the IUU law, all seafood export consignments to the EU must clearly show the origin of the products, including the sea area where the fish are caught and the names of the fishing boats, or they will be refused entry.

According to Cong Thuong newspaper, the new regulation will be valid as of January 1, 2010. Meanwhile, a lot of Vietnamese businesses are unprepared.

According to VASEP, most processing and export companies are collecting fish materials from small merchants at fishing ports. They do not purchase materials directly from fishermen, therefore, it is very difficult for them to declare the origin of the fish.

Small merchants, meanwhile, collect fish from tens or even hundreds fishing boats, making it impossible to remember all the names of the ships. Some offshore ships even sell fish right on the sea to service ships.

Vietnam’s fishing industry remains very small and the State has not set up any strict regulations. Therefore, VASEP has cautioned that it will not be easy to follow the EU’s IUU.

A lot of businesses noted that they first heard about the new regulation two years ago, but they still cannot implement its requirements. Export companies clearly record where they purchase materials, but the problem is that they must get certification from local authorities.

The businesses predicted that they will face many difficulties in IUU application, because up to 60-70 percent of exporters to the EU are using materials caught in the wild.


Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below 





1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2020 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand