January 9, 2014


Chile's Jan-Oct seafood exports up 13.2% on-year



In the first 10 months of 2013, Chile's exports of fishery and aquaculture products reached a value of US$4,310 million, representing a rise of 13.2% from the same period of 2012, when US$3,806 million were obtained.


The export volume saw an increase of 1.6%, from 1,048,610 tonnes in 2012 to 1,065,315 tonnes last year, the Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) informed.


Representing 53.5% of the total, sales of refrigerated fresh products were the most voluminous, according to Subpesca latest Sectoral Report on Fisheries and Aquaculture.


Following stood fishmeal (18.2%), refrigerated fresh products (12.9%) and dried algae (6.6%), among others.


The main export was Atlantic salmon, which generated revenues of US$1,854 million, that is to say, 43% of the total value of exports, according to Subpesca statistics. It was followed by rainbow trout, Pacific salmon and boneless pelagic fish, among others.


Chilean products were destined for 109 countries, of which the nine major accounted for 77.1% of total exports. Among them Japan, Brazil, China and Russia stand out.


With respect to the catch sector, between January and October 2013, the accumulated value of fish exports (467,000 tonnes) reached to US$1,107 million, reflecting a positive variation of 3.3% compared to the same period last year.


In January to October, 193,727 tonnes of fishmeal were exported for US$345.3 million, while a year earlier 253,130 tonnes worth US$349.8 million had been exported. The most important destinations of fishmeal were China, Japan and Spain.


Sales of frozen seafood products totalled US$498.2 million, which represented an increase of 2.8% over the same period in 2012. These products went mainly to Japan, the US and Nigeria, which accounted for 17%, 15.6% and 14.9%, respectively.


As for canned products, sales in the first 10 months of 2013 totalled US$64.5 million, 9.3% lower than a year earlier.


The aquaculture sector exports accounted for 74.3% of the total value of foreign sales and 56.1% of the total volume exported between January and October last year, with US$3.202 million and about 598,000 tonnes.