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ANALYSIS: China Slowing Shrimp Buying from Ecuador

Despite being the top importer, and still the number one partner with Ecuador, China shrimp imports continue to lag this year, putting pressure on shrimp producers from the region.

In 2023, total exports to China accounted for nearly 59%, with the United States a distance second at 17%. With the new data released from Camara Nacional de Acuacultura (CNA), exports to China in May 2024 were 153.419 million pounds. But the overall share has dropped to just over 53% through May, highlighting the shifting dynamics in the market. Exports shifted to...

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ANALYSIS: EU Shrimp Imports Stable in Q1 Thanks to Spanish Market Boost

Between January and March 2024, the European Union imported 133k MT of shrimp of all species from any origin ex-EU. This represents a slight growth of 1.7% compared with Q1 last year, and a strong progression of 16.2% compared with the pre-COVID period of Q1 2019.

When looking at each country, the position of Spain as the largest importer of the region is confirmed again this year. First, its share of EU shrimp imports progressed from 27.1% in Q1 2023 to...

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ANALYSIS: March U.S. Shrimp Imports Move Higher

In data released today, U.S. shrimp imports continued to move higher year-over-year behind a significant surge from the top two trade partners. Total March imports were 139.489 million pounds, compared to 129.469 million pounds in 2023. India (+24.6%), Ecuador (+24.6%), and Vietnam (+39.0%) all gained. These positive numbers shifted year-to-date figures to the upside for those three countries as well. Indonesia (-30.0%) and Thailand (-25.7%) shipped less rounding out the top five.  Mexico (-31.8%) and Argentina (-28.8%), while shipping less, were...

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ineligible Frozen Siluriformes Products Imported from China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for ineligible frozen siluriformes products imported from the People’s Republic of China. The alert covers 12 ounce plastic packages containing Frozen Striped Pangasius Maws. FSIS says these products were illegally imported from China to retail and wholesale locations in New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. 

Raw Siluriformes fish products from China can only be eligible for import into the United States if the raw materials originate from a certified...

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Japan: September Salmon Imports 14,934 Tons Worth JPY 20.1 Billion, Down 4.4% and 9.0%

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs statistics, imports of salmon and trout continued to decline in September. Still, the rate of decline improved significantly as imports of Chilean coho and sockeye picked up. The overall import result was 14,934 tons and 20,128.61 million yen ($134.39 million), a decrease of 4.4% in quantity and 9.0% in value compared to the same month from the previous year. The Suisan Keizai Shimbun reports that the price decline was more significant than the decline in quantity...

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Chilean Salmon Industry Sets Target on India Following Export Agreement

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) announced that India has reduced tariff rates on Chilean seafood products, including salmon.

Loreto Seguel, the executive director of the Salmon Council, which consists of salmon farmers AquaChile, Australis, Cermaq, Mowi and Salmones Aysén, said this agreement was key for the salmon industry.

“This milestone opens up new perspectives for the Chilean salmon industry by expanding its geographical reach and accessing a market with great growth potential, which is positive for a productive activity that is highly relevant for the...

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ANALYSIS: Lower Imports of Lobster in the US and EU Markets, While China is Progressing


Anywhere in the world, lobster is placed at the high end of the crustaceans’ product range, regardless of its species: Caribbean, European or American/Canadian lobsters. China, the U.S., and the EU represent the three largest markets for its consumption.

According to Global Trade Tracker, when considering all species and all forms (live, frozen whole, tail or meat), the total volume imported in these three regions stood at 129.0 thousand metric tons last year. This is 3.4% lower than...

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ANALYSIS: Countervailing Duties Reduction Would Have Significant Impact on Payments

As reported by SeafoodNews Managing Editor, Amanda Buckle, Jose Antonio Camposano, Executive President of Industry Association Camara Nacional de Acuacultura confirmed the yet unpublished report that Santa Priscila’s subsidy rate has been lowered.

To put this in perspective, here is a preliminary analysis of money that would be posted based upon data from 2023 imports. The red lines in the graph are estimated payments against last year’s total imports by company based upon the average price paid. The total paid would...

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Import Ban on Russian Seafood Into U.S. Receives Extension To May

In the final days of 2023, President Joseph R. Biden signed an Executive Order on “taking additional steps with respect to the Russian Federation’s harmful actions.” The U.S. had already banned imports of Russian seafood, but the latest Executive Order closed a loophole that allowed Russian-caught seafood, processed in China, to enter the country. The government gave U.S. importers a deadline of February 21 to bring in any Russian-origin seafood that was already under contract or written agreement prior to December 22...

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Texas Rep Introduces Bill Pushing for Increased FDA Testing of Imported Shrimp

U.S. Representative Randy Weber (TX-14) co-sponsored the Laws Ensuring Safe Shrimp (LESS) Act, which would boost the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s ability to test imported shrimp as it enters the country.

The bill would help ensure the FDA can test that imported shrimp is “free of antibiotic residues, up to our health standards, and is not the product of illegal, unregulated, or unreported fishing by the People's Republic of China.”

The bill also provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with resources...

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