January 31, 2013


Chile sees 1.5% value drop in seafood exports in 2012



Chile's aquaculture exports have reached US$4,164.9 million in the first 11 months of 2012, a 1.5% drop over the same period of 2011.


The volume of exports saw an increase of 7.9%, from 1,060,525 tonnes in 2011 to 1,144,385 tonnes last year, said the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca).


Sales of frozen products and fishmeal were the most voluminous, representing 49.2% and 24% of the total, respectively, according to the latest Subpesca's Informe Sectorial de Pesca y Acuicultura.


According to Subpesca statistics, the main export was Atlantic salmon, which accounted for 31.9% of total foreign sales. It was followed by rainbow trout and Pacific salmon.


With respect to the fishing sector, the accumulated value of fish exports (556,000 tonnes) was reached between January and November 2012 to US$1,179 million, reflecting a negative variation of 8.8% compared with the same period last year.


In the first 11 months, 275,000 tonnes of fishmeal were sold abroad for US$380.8 million, while a year earlier 299,320 tonnes worth US$435.9 million had been exported.


Foreign sales of frozen seafood products totalled USD 531 million, which represented a decrease of 8.4% over the same period of 2011.


As for canned products, sales in the first 11 months of 2012 totalled US$81 million, 9.9% lower than a year earlier.