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Vietnam shrimp suppliers are facing the risk of serious shortage of raw materials in the last quarter of 2021. The shrimp supply chain was almost broken in August and September 2021. Therefore, the finished product price is considered to be increasing daily. In addition, capacity on international routes is seriously short of peak season demand, transportation costs are at a record high. The shrimp exporters are focusing to deliver all the pending orders to reach Christmas and year-end season.

Vannamei raw material price remains same as last week, main sizes fall between 35-55 pcs/kg. Black Tiger material price has slightly increased, main size is 20 pcs/kg. Although the price increase is partly encouraging farmers to stock up on raw materials, but they are still afraid of the recurrence of the Covid19 disease would drop raw material price again. Shrimp farming supplies, including shrimp seed and aqua feed, encountered many difficulties and disrupted the stocking schedule.

According to VCCI, the rate of workers and employees being vaccinated against Covid-19 at businesses in Mekong Delta is still low. The pressure to vaccinate workers to be eligible to work is on all businesses. Another difficulty of the shrimp manufactures is the high cost of supply chain of incoming materials to maintain production activities.

In the first half of September 2021, Vietnam’s seafood exports continued to be heavily affected because of production interruptions cause by Covid19 strict lockdown, so it decreased deeply by 31% over the same period. Accordingly, seafood export turnover in September 2021 reached over USD 628 million, down 23% over the same period of 2020.

Vietnam’s aquatic products have gained the favor of Australian consumers, Secretary of the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Andrew Metcalfe said on October 1. Australia has become is the 7th largest shrimp import market of Vietnam, adding that Vietnam’s fishery export to Australia expanded by 35 percent in the first eight months of 2021.

Russia is the 9th largest shrimp import market of Vietnam, accounting for 1.3% of the total value of Vietnam’s shrimp exports to markets. Although it is only a small import market, Vietnam’s shrimp exports to Russia in the first seven months of this year grew very well.

Covid-19 situation:

Vietnam Nationwide

  • The United States has provided Vietnam with an additional 1.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine via the COVAX Facility. The vaccine batch arrived on Oct 2.
  • On Oct 4, the Vietnam government has decided to buy 400,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from Hungary.
  • Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie on Oct 6 joined Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong at a ceremony to formally hand over 300,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses, while promising to assist Vietnam to purchase another 3.7 million doses.
  • The Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology under the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has decided to allocate an additional 20 million Sinopharm and 992,160 Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses to 60 provinces and cities.
  • People who have got at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot can travel by air or train without having to undergo screening tests, according to an interim fiat signed by Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The.
  • Overloaded quarantine camps and fear of outbreaks amidst burgeoning number of returnees have prompted Mekong Delta provinces to ask that unsupervised return of migrant workers be suspended.

Ho Chi Minh City

  • Only 50 percent of employees have returned to work at industrial parks and export processing zones, causing a severe labor shortage. Many businesses in HCMC are continuing to have workers live on-site since the risk of Covid-19 infection in the community remains high.
  • Supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City have started welcoming shoppers on Oct 1 after city authorities eased COVID-19 movement curbs.
  • Thousands of people have tried to get through checkpoints on the roads leading from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta as the city announced the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on Oct 1.


  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has asked authorities in Hanoi to allow the resumption of domestic flights to and from Noi Bai International Airport from Oct 5.
  • Authorities in Hanoi brought over 1,000 people who came into contact with COVID-19 cases linked to Viet Duc University Hospital to quarantine facilities on Oct 2 night and early on the next morning.
  • Hanoi plans to hold various activities to celebrate the Liberation Day on Oct 10.

Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang)

  • According to the Provincial Steering Committee for Human Disease Prevention and Control, 77,494 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered in Khanh Hoa on October 5, raising the total to 867,348 doses, making up 96% of the population, including 167,038 second shots. Khanh Hoa’s vaccination rate has ranked 6th nationwide.
  • Khanh Hoa Province has just issued the 1st phase of the plan on safe adaption and response to Covid-19 and socio-economic recovery from October 1 to October 15, 2021. People in red and orange zones remain indoors except for emergencies. Those in green and yellow zones may go out for essential purposes and with compliance with the 5K regulations.

Da Nang

  • The COVID-19 outbreak has been brought under control in Da Nang. There have been very few cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in Da Nang in recent days. However, the risk of COVID-19 resurgence remains very high in Da Nang amid the city’s reopening.
  • The Da Nang government leader called on citizens across the city to continue to comply with the recommended health and safety protocols, especially the 5K recommendations of the Ministry of Health, in order to protect themselves and others.
  • The Da Nang leader highlighted the need to maintain tight controls at entry points in the city. In addition, he remarked that the city is willing to provide the best possible support for people who go through Da Nang on their way home from the Southern localities.

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