Salmon processing line. (Photo: Marine Harvest)
Salmon exports grew over 50 pc in April
Monday, June 11, 2012, 00:20 (GMT + 9)
Chile exported over 34,000 tonnes of salmon in April, a figure which shows a 54.5 per cent increase over the same month in 2011, when 22,000 tonnes were shipped abroad.
Last April sales abroad generated USD 232 million, that is to say, 17.1 per cent more than in the fourth month of 2011, when the currency reached USD 198 million, according to a report issued by InfoTrade for Aqua.
The company obtaining the highest sales in April was Multiexport, with returns of USD 19.8 million and a volume of 2,457 tonnes.
In second place was Empresas AquaChile, which include AquaChile, Salmones Chiloé, Salmones Maullín and Aguas Claras, with USD 19.2 million and 3,084 tonnes exported.
And in third place was Marine Harvest Chile, which raised USD 14.3 million for 2,293 tonnes of salmon sent abroad.
According to the latest report published by InfoTrade, the average price showed a significant decrease between April 2011 and the same month in 2012, changing from USD 8.30 per kg to USD 6.70.
In the first fourth months of 2012 a total of 188,000 tonnes of salmon was exported for USD 1.214 million.
The ranking of exporting companies was led by Empresas AquaChile, which together exported 22,000 tonnes worth USD 132 million.
In second place was the firm Mainstream, with USD 102 million and 17,000 tonnes, followed by Multiexport, with returns of USD 74 million and 8,000 tonnes.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member Marine Harvest Chile S.A.