On September 15, the Asia, Africa Market Department – Ministry of Industry and Trade said that Saudi Arabia has allowed 12 Vietnamese businesses (DN) to export seafood products back into this market.

Specifically, the Saudi Embassy in Vietnam has a note to the Vietnamese authorities to notify the opinion of the Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), allowing 12 enterprises to export back some seafood products caught in this country market.

The Asia, Africa Market Department emphasized after more than 2 years with the coordinated efforts between the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Agriculture and Rural Development), and Vietnamese representative agencies in Arab. Saudi Arabia in promoting and mobilizing relevant Saudi agencies has achieved the above initial results.

In addition, Vietnamese businesses have also actively coordinated with authorities in overcoming shortcomings, shortcomings and completing self-assessment dossiers to send to Saudi Arabia.

According to the Asian and African Market Department, this opens up a new direction for the output of the domestic seafood industry, especially in the context of seafood export to many markets facing difficulties due to the Covid 19 epidemic.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade will continue to work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and related agencies to work, promoting SFDA to add other Vietnamese enterprises to be allowed to export seafood back to the Saudi market, proceeding to remove Completely abolishing the order to suspend the import of seafood from Vietnam.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade recommends that Vietnamese seafood exporters should pay attention, Saudi Arabia is a demanding market with high requirements for food safety and hygiene. This is also a market that has a leading role in the Middle East, so Saudi Arabia’s policy moves could have an impact on other markets in the region.

“Therefore, seafood enterprises need to review and strengthen inspection and supervision of the farming and production environment in aquatic production and processing establishments to ensure the quality, hygiene and food safety of seafood products exported to Saudi Arabia, to avoid affecting the SFDA application for other enterprises.This also limits the possibility of the Saudi side considering re-application of the ban of import of aquatic products from Vietnam in the future “- said the representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Previously, in January 2018, Saudi Arabia applied a temporary suspension of import of seafood originating from Vietnam after the actual inspection team of SFDA came to Vietnam to work and conclude some production facilities, The processing of shrimp and pangasius does not meet the requirements of food hygiene, safety and disease safety.

Minh Chien