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Vietnamese pangasius producer Vinh Hoan has paid a visit to one of China’s largest seafood companies to collaborate on “formal pangasius trade”. It comes amid Chinese concerns about low quality pangasius entering the country via the unofficial ‘grey trade’ route.

Zhejiang Ocean Family, which reported revenues of CNY 2.65 billion ($384.5m) in 2016, last week played host to Truong Thi Le Khanh, chairwoman of Vinh Hoan, Vietnam’s largest pangasius producer.

The two companies discussed the pangasius market, import and exports, their companies’ strengths and pangasius products, said Ocean Family on its website.

The firm also added that the two companies “wholly look forward to cooperating in formal pangasius business and trade”.

According to Vietnam, China is set to become Vietnam’s largest market for pangasius in 2017.

But, Chinese have raised concerns about low quality Vietnamese pangasius being smuggled into the country from across the border with Vietnam. Authorities are considering smuggling countermeasures, such as establishing a list of official pangasius suppliers, Cui He, head of China Aquatic Products Processing and Manufacturing Alliance told Undercurrent News in a recent interview.

Smugglers avoid import taxes and CIQ inspection and quarantine, making their product cheaper on Chinese markets.

Vinh Hoan’s visit to Ocean Family follows on the heels of a visit by Japan’s Mitsubishi corporation. General manager Zeng Yuexiang inspected Ocean Family’s “super freezer” tuna processing plant in the free-trade port area of Beilun, Zhejiang Province, east China, according to Ocean Family.


Credit: Zhejiang Ocean Family

Mitsubishi has a joint venture with Ocean Family called Zhejiang Daling Seafood, which was established in 2013. The joint venture was established with the aim of “developing together the Chinese home market”.

Ocean Family has 100,000t of annual tuna processing capacity between its Beilun plant and a canned tuna and freeze-dried food processing facility in Xikou, also in Zhejiang.

Ocean Family also appears to collaborate with other international partners, including Pescanova, importing Argentine cold shrimp into China, and Cermaq, importing salmon. Meanwhile, last month, Ocean Family was visited by CNFC Overseas Fisheries, one of China’s largest state-owned fishing companies, to discuss cooperation in the tuna sector.


Credit: Zhejiang Ocean Family

Ocean Family is a large fishing company in its own right. Its fleet consists of 18 super freezer long-line tuna fishing vessels; 4 large-scale tuna purse seiner vessels; and 9 squid fishing vessels, according to its website. Its annual catching of tuna and squids ranges from 40,000t to 50,000t.

Last year Ocean Family generated $205 million in foreign exchange through exports, it said.

Zhejiang Ocean Family is majority-owned by Chinese auto parts maker and manufacturing conglomerate Wanxiang Group, which is referred to as a “dragon enterprise”.