July 31, 2013


Chile's seafood exports volume, value rise in Jan-May 2013



In the first five months of 2013, Chile's fishery and aquaculture product exports reached a value of US$2,172.1 million, an increase of 4.9% on-year, when US$2,070.1 million was obtained.


The volume of exports between January and May 2013 also rose, an increase of 13.2%, changing from 536,185 in 2012 to 607,245 tonnes this year, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) reported.


Frozen products were those having a higher participation in export volumes, as they accounted for 16.8% of the total.


They were followed by chilled products and those associated with the fishmeal industry, according to the latest Subpesca Sector Report on Fisheries and Aquaculture.


Statistics by Subpesca show that the main exported product was the Atlantic salmon, which accounted for 38% (US$826.1 million) in revenues from sales abroad. Further back was the rainbow trout (15.4% of the total) and the Pacific salmon (11.7%).


Chilean products were shipped to 98 countries, of which the nine main ones concentrated 78.2% of total exports. Among them those highlighted are the US, Japan, China, Brazil and Russia.


With respect to the capture sector, the accumulated value of seafood exports (269,000 tonnes) reached US$567.4 million between January and May of 2013.


In the first five months 122,710 tonnes of fishmeal were sold abroad for US$227.4 million while a year earlier 114,935 tonnes had been exported for US$144.3 million. The most important destinations of fishmeal were China, Japan and Spain. Out of the total exported fishmeal, 57.8% had prime quality, 27.4% had super prime quality and 13.7% had standard quality.


The sales of frozen seafood products abroad totalled US$218.5 million, which represented an increase of 3.6% over the same period of 2012. These products went mainly directed to Nigeria, US and Cameroon, with participations in value of 24.1%, 15.9% and 8.1%, respectively.


As to preserved food, the sales in the first five months of 2013 totalled US$25.3 million, representing 19.2% lower than a year earlier. The main markets were Spain, Belgium and the US, with participations of 24.7%, 8% and 7.7%, respectively.


Aquaculture sector exports accounted for 73.9% of the total value of sales abroad and 55.7% of the total exported volume in the first five months of this year, with US$1,604 million and about 338,200 tonnes. The current assessment shows an increase of 1% compared to that recorded last year.