The situation of Seafood in Vietnam – Aug 2021
MEKSEA.COM – The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic is still having a heavy impact on the production and export of seafood in Vietnam. Please see details below edited by Meksea team:
HCMC to ban people from going out starting August 23
The coronavirus situation in Ho Chi Minh City is progressing complicatedly despite its best efforts to contain the virus. Therefore, the city has decided to tighten its current restriction measures from today August 23, now requiring residents to “stay where they are,” isolating homes from homes, streets from streets and banning people from going out amid persistent Covid-19 threats.
Ho Chi Minh City, the current epicenter of Vietnam’s fourth coronavirus wave since late April, has recorded 164,342 local cases and 5,627 deaths. The government wants HCMC to put the coronavirus situation under control by September 15.
There will be a shortage of 20-30% of raw materials for seafood exports
The Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said that although the export market has prospered, the domestic epidemic situation is complicated, so seafood production is facing many difficulties. Only about 30% of seafood factories in the southern provinces and cities are eligible for “3 in one spot” (“3 tại chỗ” which requires companies to allow employees to work, eat, and rest in one location). However, these factories also only mobilized about 35% of the workforce, the rest had to quit or take unpaid leave.
Thus, it is forecasted that the source of raw materials for seafood processing and export in the last months of the year will be 20-30% short. In fact, in coastal provinces such as Binh Dinh, Kien Giang, Ba Ria – Vung Tau… most factories have reduced their capacity by 20-70% due to lack of raw materials.
Workers are processing shrimps at the factory. Photo: Thoi Dai Newspaper.
Moreover, seafood factories are bearing the burden of costs arising from the COVID-19 epidemic such as equipping workers to work under the motto “3 in one spot”, paying extra wages, taking periodic tests, input and logistics costs increased sharply…
What can Mekong help you in this situation?
We – keep you updated with the latest seafood news, strengthen linkages with factories, suggest seafood products to place orders early to avoid shortage of raw materials with the only purpose that will help you have the best purchase plan at this situation.
By Jimmy (Business Team)
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