Toan Dao

Reporting from Hanoi, Vietnam

Toan Dao has covered Vietnam’s business community, with a focus on energy and agriculture, for a number of Vietnamese and international outlets for the past eight years. He also works as a program manager for the Hanoi-based Centre for Media and Development Initiatives, where he mainly takes part in providing training activities for local journalists and other players in the media community.

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May 22, 2018

Vietnamese authorities and industry players have expressed concerns as many farmers in Mekong Delta have rushed to develop new pangasius farming areas with the hope of cashing in on prices that have been at or near all-time highs since last year.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development recently sent a letter to officials in provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta, asking them to take actions against what it called “th… Read More

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May 17, 2018

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of South Korea will dispatch a delegation to Vietnam next month to inspect how nitrofuran in Vietnamese shrimp is controlled before shipping to South Korea, National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) said in a release.

The visit will be made after the Korean authorities detected a number of nitrofuran-contaminated shrimp cargos imported to South Korea from companies in Vietnam.

The… Read More

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May 14, 2018

A delegation from the United States will visit Vietnam from 14 to 25 May to investigate the production process of pangasius in the Southeast Asian nation, VnEconomy reported this week.

The field inspection is part of the activities under the U.S. catfish control program for Vietnam, which is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the daily said, quoting Vietnam’s Ministry of Agricu… Read More

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April 26, 2018

Amid rapid growth of pangasius exports to China, Vietnam is looking to tighten cross-border export regulations to make sure only high-quality products are allowed to enter its most important market.

In January, Vietnam exported pangasius volumes worth USD 41 million (EUR 33.5 million) to China, up 132 percent from January 2017. More than half of the export volume came through ocean shipping, with the rest through land borders. 

During a rece… Read More

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April 24, 2018

Vietnam and Indonesia have agreed to a deal on regulating fishing in the South China Sea as the former is making efforts to combat illegal fishing following the “yellow card” given by the European Commission last year.

The two countries will strengthen their partnership, cooperating particularly on fishing and other maritime issues, the Associated Press reported, quoting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. Marsudi held a joint … Read More

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March 27, 2018

The European Union will send a working group to Vietnam in May to assess Vietnam’s efforts to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The review will be made six months after the European Commission’s October 2017 decision to impose “yellow card” status on Vietnam, claiming the country was not doing enough to tackle illegal fishing. The E.U. will use the results of the review to determine its next steps a… Read More

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March 21, 2018

Vietnam’s seafood trade group and several Vietnamese seafood trading companies are considering filing a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced unprecedented antidumping rates against Vietnamese pangasius exporters.

In a statement released Tuesday, 20 March, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said it opposed the DOC’s decision, which it termed… Read More

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March 9, 2018

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers said Thursday, 8 March that the United States made a “mistake” in the preliminary results of its 12th administrative review of its antidumping order on frozen warm-water shrimp from Vietnam (POR12).

The “mistake” has resulted in a much higher-than-expected duty rate for Vietnamese shrimp products, VASEP said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Commerce… Read More

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March 1, 2018

Singapore-based Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and Corporate Media Services will organize The Aquaculture Roundtable Series 2018 (TARS 2018) to discuss pressing issues affecting the shrimp industry in Asia.

The conference will be held at the Shangri-la Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 15 to 16 August. 

“Today the industry is being sustained by high prices, which is not expected to continue. Living with diseases, inconsistent harvest volume… Read More

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February 12, 2018

Vietnam has sent a diplomatic note to oppose a seafood import suspension imposed recently by Saudi Arabia, calling on the country to withdraw its decision.

Vietnam’s vice minister of agriculture, Vu Van Tam, delivered the ministry’s diplomatic note to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Vietnam, Dakhil Al Johani, in a meeting in Hanoi on 7 February, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said in a statement.… Read More