May 9, 2014
Chile's fishery and aquaculture product exports reached a value of US$523.8 million in January 2014, representing a rise of 12.6% from the same month of 2013, when US$465.1 million was obtained.
During the first month of 2014, the volume exported dropped by 25.9%, changing from 132,670 tonnes in 2013 to 98,300 tonnes in 2014, according to the latest Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Report of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA).
The structure of participation in relation to the volume of exports was led by frozen product lines, which in January 2014 represented 50.2% of the total volume.
According to SUBPESCA statistics, the main exported product was Atlantic salmon, which constituted 45.6% of the total value of sales abroad and revenues for US$238.8 million. It was followed by Pacific salmon (US$129.7 million), rainbow trout (US$49.8 million) and pelagic fish s/e group (US$16.7 million).
Chilean products were destined for 60 countries, of which the nine main ones accounted for 84.5% of total exports. The ones that were highlighted were Japan, USA, Brazil, China and Russia.
With respect to the catching sector, the accumulated value of fish exports (35,300 tonnes) in January 2014 reached US$87.6 million, 36.1% less than in the same month the previous year.
Last January, 22,395 tonnes of fishmeal were exported for US$32.2 million while a year earlier 32,050 tonnes worth US$59.6 million had been exported. The most important destinations of fishmeal were China, South Korea, Japan, Spain and Italy.
Out of the total fishmeal exported, 72.6% had prime quality, 23.7% had super prime quality and 3.4% was standard.
Sales of frozen seafood products abroad totalled US$24.4 million, a decrease of 42.1% compared to the same month in 2013. These products were mainly directed to the US, Vietnam and South Korea, which accounted for 17.9%, 16.2% and 11%, respectively.
SUBPESCA also stated that in January 2014 refrigerated fresh products were exported for US$128.6 million, a rise of 68.7% from the same month of 2013.
Regarding the cumulative volume, it reached 15,300 tonnes, 14.9% more than in January last year.
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