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Status and constraints of costly port rejection : a case from the Vietnamese frozen seafood export industry


  • Suzuki, Aya
  • Vu, Hoang Nam


While the rising exports have been the source of growth for many developing countries in recent years, the rate of commodities rejected at the ports of developed countries has also been high. Yet why it has remained so despite the costs involved is mostly unknown. This paper takes a case of the frozen seafood export industry in Vietnam and examines the current status of port rejection, roles played by various stakeholders along the value chains, and the constraints faced by the Vietnamese producers and exporters. It concludes with some policy implications, including strengthening the enforcement mechanism of standards compliance particularly at the upstream of the value chain and providing public testing labs for small-scale producers.

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  • Suzuki, Aya & Vu, Hoang Nam, 2013. "Status and constraints of costly port rejection : a case from the Vietnamese frozen seafood export industry," IDE Discussion Papers 395, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper395

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    1. Yves Bourdet, 2000. "The Economics of Transition in Laos," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1418.
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    1. Suzuki, Aya & Vu, Hoang Nam, 2017. "Better management practices and their outcomes in shrimp farming : evidence from small-scale shrimp farmers in Southern Vietnam," IDE Discussion Papers 643, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).

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    Vietnam; Quality control; Marine products; Exports; Port rejection; Quality standards;

    JEL classification:

    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • F63 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Economic Development

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