Seafood exports in the period between January and May, 2011/2012. (Graph: Subpesca)
Seafood exports keep positive trend
Friday, August 03, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
In the first five months of 2012 fishing and aquaculture products from Chile reached a value of USD 2,070 million. This figure represents a rise of 7.7 per cent over the same period of 2011, when USD 1,922 million was obtained.
The volume of exports between January and May 2012 also rose: there was a 15.1 per cent rise, changing from 465,700 -- in 2011 - to 536,180 tonnes this year, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca) reported.
The structure of participation in relation to the volume of exports was led by frozen products, which accounted for 53.4 per cent of the total. It was followed by fishmeal, fresh chilled products and dried seaweed, according to the latest Subpesca Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Report.
According to statistics from Subpesca, the main export was that of Atlantic salmon, which accounted for 27.2 per cent (USD 564 million) of the total value of sales abroad. Further behind were located the rainbow trout and Pacific salmon.
Chilean products were destined for 94 countries, of which the nine main ones accounted for 83.6 per cent of the total exported value. Among them, Japan, US, Brazil, China and Spain stood out.
As to the catching sector, the accumulated value of fish exports (253,500 tonnes) between January and May 2012 reached USD 485.6 million.
In the first five months about 115,000 tonnes of fishmeal were sold abroad for USD 144.3 million while a year before 124,900 tonnes worth USD 201.7 million had been exported.
The most important destinations of fishmeal were China, Japan and Spain.
Out of the total exported fishmeal, 58.1 per cent had prime quality, 24.1 per cent had super prime quality and 16.3 per cent was standard.
The sales of frozen products abroad totalled USD 210.8 million, which represented a rise of 24 per cent over the same period in 2011.
These products were shipped mainly to Nigeria, US and Spain, with shares in value of 32.2 per cent, 17.4 per cent and 8.3 per cent, respectively.
As for canned products, the sales in the first five months of 2012 totalled USD 31.3 million, 9.5 per cent less than a year earlier.
The main markets were Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong, with shares of 23.8 per cent, 16.2 per cent and 11.4 per cent, respectively.
Aquaculture sector exports accounted for 76.5 per cent of the total sales abroad and 54.7 per cent of total exports in the first five months of this year, with USD 1,584 million and about 283,000 tonnes.
The current assessment shows an increase of 10.4 per cent compared to the value recorded last year.
By Analia Murias