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.

Published on
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

Published on
February 8, 2018

Shrimp has always accounted for the biggest portion in Vietnam’s seafood export value in recent years and the country is rushing to cement its leading position.

In January, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a national action plan for the shrimp industry through 2025, aiming to turn it into a key economic sector with sustainable development, a copy of the plan showed.

Under the scheme, the country targets to gain USD 5.5 billion (EUR … Read More

Published on
February 6, 2018

The rapid growth of Vietnam’s pangasius shipments has met with several markets barriers in the European Union and United States, where the fish is being gradually pushed away.

With similarity in texture and taste to other whitefish such as cod, sole, haddock, and pollock, but with much lower prices, pangasius from the Southeast Asia nation has quickly become a competitive alternative in the U.S. and E.U., Nguyen Tien Thong, an assistant pro… Read More

Published on
February 2, 2018

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has temporarily suspended imports of fish, crustaceans, and other products of aquatic animal origin from Vietnam due to the presence of two diseases in the Southeast Asian nation.

The ban, effective 23 January, was based on the World Organization for Animal Health’s "Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report (Asia-Pacific Region) April - June 2017", which shows that white spot disease and acute hepatop… Read More

Published on
January 23, 2018

Vietnam has gained an all-time high of seafood export value last year and is hoping to drive the sales value to a higher level in 2018.

The country exported seafood volumes worth USD 8.3 billion (EUR 6.8 billion) in 2017, jumping 18 percent year-on-year to its highest all-time level, according to latest data from Vietnam Customs. The figure is much higher than a previous target of USD 7.1 billion (EUR 5.78 billion) for 2017 set by Vietnam in Dece… Read More

Published on
January 22, 2018

Vietnam has released a white book on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) as part of its efforts to fight illegal fishing following a warning from the European Commission last year.

The commission issued the "yellow card" to Vietnam in October 2017, warning the Pacific country it could ban its seafood exports entirely unless Hanoi did more to tackle illegal fishing.

The publication provides information about Vietnam’s fisherie… Read More

Published on
January 17, 2018

Vietnam has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over anti-dumping measures the United States has imposed on Vietnam’s exports of fish fillets, according to announcements from Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and the WTO.

In the WTO filing, the Southeast Asian nation requested consultations with the U.S. government concerning U.S. anti-dumping regulations and practices, as well as recent anti-dumping determinati… Read More

Published on
January 16, 2018

Vietnam’s pangasius exports to the United States have declined sharply after the U.S. imposed higher anti-dumping tariffs and began carrying out stringent inspections in 2017, Vietnam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP) said in a statement last week.

The value of Vietnam’s pangasius shipments to the United States went down 9.7 percent year-on-year to nearly USD 320 million (EUR 267 million) from  January to Nov… Read More