The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) estimates that the landings of squid (Dorytheutis gahi) will reach historical figures after the reopening of the Chinese market, going from 7,600 to 30,000 tons on average over the next two years.
Last week, and thanks to the efforts made by SANIPES, the Department of Security of Food Imports and Exports of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) reauthorized the access of Peruvian squid to said market.
PRODUCE projects that the exports of this mollusk will also recover and could border USD 20 million, surpassing the USD 18 million registered in 2015, its best year.
"In the specific case of China, shipments of squid, mainly of frozen products, would amount to USD 12 million, a figure with which the Asian giant would overtake Brazil and become our main market," said the ministry.
At present, Brazil is the first export destination of the common squid, since it concentrates 40% of shipments, followed by Japan (39%) and South Korea (8%).
Impact on employment
PRODUCE also highlights that the reopening of the Chinese market will boost employment linked to direct human consumption and will generate an impact of around 2.7% on the EAP of the fishing sector, which will benefit more than 75,000 families.
The Peruvian government is putting a lot of optimism to the capture of this species. If everything goes as planned this common squid will be able to compensate the bad catches of giant squid (Dosidicus Gigas)v►
In 2017 Piura concentrated 67% of the total squid landings, followed by Ancash (29%). "The measure is expected to boost the frozen industry in those parts of the country," PRODUCE said.
At present, there are 37 landing points for common squid in the Peruvian coast, of which five ports (Paita, La Islilla, Culebras, Casma and Talara) accounted for 82% of the volume captured in 2017.