Fishery exports January-February 2012. (Graph: Produce)
Fish exports recorded strong increase in the first two months
Thursday, May 03, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
In February Peruvian fish exports generated USD 313.7 million revenue, representing 52.6 per cent more than in the same month of 2011, when the value was USD 205.5 million, the Ministry of Production (Produce) reported.
Moreover, export volume grew by 84 per cent, from 113,800 tonnes in February 2011 to 209,500 tonnes in 2012.
This rise was mainly due to higher sales of fishery products for direct and indirect human consumption.
According to the latest Statistical Bulletin prepared by Produce, between January and February 2012 the sale of 460,600 tonnes of fish products abroad generated USD 670.3 million while in the same period last year 187,100 tonnes had been exported for USD 345 million.
Meanwhile, in February 2012, 146,900 tonnes of fishmeal were exported, 90 per cent more than in the same month of 2011 (77,300 tonnes).
As to the value, in the second month of the year fishmeal was exported for USD 175.6 million, that is to say, 57.7 per cent more than in February 2011, when the figure had totalled USD 111.3 million.
In the first two months of 2012, 319,900 tonnes of fishmeal were exported for 158 per cent over the same period in 2011 (124,000 tonnes).
The main markets for Peruvian fishmeal were China, Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Turkey, which bought about 85.2 per cent of total sales through February 2012.
February exports increased sales of fishmeal abroad in the first two months to USD 382.1 million, a 116.6 per cent increase over the same period of 2011 (USD 176.4 million).
Meanwhile, last February crude oil exports totalled 19,200 tonnes for USD 27.9 million, that is to say, 181.8 per cent over the same month in 2011 (USD 9.9 million).
During the first two months of 2012, a total of 71,300 tonnes of oil was sold abroad, 599 per cent more than in the same period last year (10,200 tonnes).
Denmark, Chile, Belgium, Netherlands and Norway accounted for 83 per cent of fish oil exports registered until February.
These sales generated USD 92.4 million, an amount that represents a rise of 450 per cent over the same period of 2011 (USD 16.8 million).
Also in February 2012, about 33,000 tonnes of frozen products were exported, a volume accounting for a rise of 38.6 per cent compared to 23,800 tonnes exported a year earlier.
In the first two months of 2012, 47,800 tonnes of frozen products were sold abroad, 25.8 per cent more than in same period of 2011 (38,000 tonnes).
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción