February 22, 2012
South Korean imports of Japanese fishery products drop 47%
Korea imported 40,466 tonnes of seafood products from Japan in 2011, 47% less compared to 2010, announced the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF) on Wednesday, 15 February.
Fears of nuclear contagion seemingly prompted Koreans to almost halve their imports of Japanese seafood products in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident in last year.
Instead, Korea turned to Chile and Russia as inbound shipments from the two countries rocketed by 67% and 13% on-year in 2011, respectively.
'The production of Japanese marine products plummeted in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident last March and Koreans also avoided them due to fears of contamination,' MIFAFF official Kim Myung-hee said.