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NRF: Imports Slowing as Holiday Season Nears End

With retailers' shelves and warehouses already stocked for holiday shopping, the National Retail Federation (NRF) believes December cargo volume at the nation’s top container ports will be well below the records witnessed in early 2022.

“Retailers are in the middle of the annual holiday frenzy but ports are headed into their winter lull after one of the busiest and most challenging years we’ve ever seen,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “We’ve dodged a rail strike and the retail supply chain should be...

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Japan’s Imported Tuna in September Tripled to 1697 Fish, Including 319 Bluefins from Boston

According to Jiji Press, the number of imported tuna brought into the auction floor of Toyosu Market in September was 1,697 (570 in the same month last year), which is about three times higher than in the same month last year. In 2021, the US market, where consumption recovered quickly even under the influence of the new coronavirus, was more attractive and challenging to import into Japan. Still, this year, bluefin and southern bluefin tuna imports increased, reported Suisan Keizai...

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Rabobank Report Indicates Premium Species the Winners of Increased Seafood Demand in the U.S.

Rabobank expects the global seafood trade rebound to continue through 2022 amid a post-COVID landscape. The Dutch-based financial services and research firm indicated that while markets like the U.S. and Europe have recovered completely from the pandemic, China is slowly returning to pre-pandemic import levels.

In its latest report, ‘Global Seafood Trade: The Decade’s Winners Grow in Influence’ Rabobank highlighted seafood’s place as the top traded animal protein. It has grown to five times...

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Performance Team to Open Cold Chain Facility in South Carolina, Adds Capacity to Move More Protein

Performance Team, a company under shipping giant Maersk, will open a cold storage facility in South Carolina that is set to begin operations in Q1 2023.

The new facility will reach 80 million consumers within one day and 225 million consumers within two days, per a Maersk press release. According to American Shipper, the facility is designed to move imports of proteins, fruits and vegetables.

The publication quoted Mike Meierkort, head of logistics and services for Maersk North America, during a groundbreaking ceremony in Charleston...

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Canada to Ban Russian Seafood Imports Amid Additional Sanctions

Canada has imposed new sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine featuring a ban of targeted luxury goods from Russia including seafood and fish, Global Affairs Canada announced on May 20.

The new sanctions were announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs and are aimed at 14 individuals including Russian oligarchs, their family members, and close associates of the Putin regime.

“These individuals have directly enabled Vladimir Putin’s senseless war in Ukraine and bear responsibility for the pain and suffering of the people of Ukraine...

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National Retail Federation Says Ports in Better Shape but Busy Summer May Lie Ahead

The National Retail Federation (NRF) shared its latest findings from its monthly Global Port Tracker report released on April 7 and while imports are lower than a year ago, products continue to surge into the country and a busy summer could be ahead.

“As we entered 2022, the biggest question was when the supply chain would return to normal,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Unfortunately, we still don’t have a definitive answer. Congestion at West Coast ports...


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Norwegian Seafood Exports to U.S. Up 18% but Consumer Demand Cause for Concern

The Norwegian Seafood Council shared that Norway’s seafood industry exported NOK 15.4 billion ($1.5 billion) worth of seafood in October, the highest ever in a single month.

Despite the record month for exports, the Council noted that challenges face the industry including changes in seafood consumption and tighter finances as households face inflationary pressures.

“Several countries are reporting a decline in domestic consumption of seafood while the restaurant market is also experiencing challenging times. Expectations of a significantly weaker economic development...

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FDA Enters Phase 3 of A.I. Imported Seafood Pilot Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has begun phase three of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Imported Seafood Pilot program.

The FDA’s program utilizes AI and machine learning (ML) to improve import screening to help ensure food entering the country is safe. The pilot focuses on seafood because over 90% of the U.S. seafood supply comes from imports.

This pilot builds upon the two previous phases of the pilot under the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, a program that seeks to reduce the number of foodborne...

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GAO Recommends USDA Strengthen Efforts to Prevent Unsafe Drug Residue in Imported Seafood

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a number of “priority open recommendations” for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement including increasing its focus on efforts to prevent unsafe drug residue in imported seafood, among other recommendations.

The GAO wants the USDA to “protect the safety of the food supply” by having the Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) coordinate and communicate with the FDA in developing drug residue testing methods and corresponding maximum residue levels (MRLs) for imported catfish...

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ANALYSIS: March Shrimp Imports Continue Record Surge

Shrimp imports were released yesterday, and to no one's surprise the record setting surge continued. March shrimp imports registered at 168.474 million pounds, or 22 percent above last year. In a recurring theme, this was the largest March total in history. March 2021 saw 138.105 million pounds sent to the United States.

The top five trade partners once again sent significantly more shrimp to the U.S. than last year, but many other countries followed suit as well. With other markets challenged by a variety of factors...

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