September 3, 2013


Chile's Jan-Jun aquaculture product exports up 6.3%


The exports of fishery and aquaculture products from Chile reached a value of US$2.621 million in January-June 2013, 6.3% more than in the same period of 2012, when US$2.466 million was obtained.


The volume of exports between January and June 2013 also rose: it experienced an increase of 7.1%, changing from 670,000 in 2012 to 717,700 tonnes this year, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) reported.


The structure of participation in relation to the volume that was exported was led by frozen products, which accounted for 14.7% of the total. They were followed by chilled products, fish oil, dried seaweed and canned products, according to the latest Sector Report of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Subpesca.


Subpesca statistics indicate that the main exported product was Atlantic salmon, which accounted for 38.9% (US$1,020 million) of the total value of sales abroad. Further back rainbow trout and Pacific salmon were located.


Chilean products were destined for 1,014 countries, nine of which accounted for 77.4% of total exports. Among them, the US, Japan, China, Brazil and Russia stood out. With respect to the capture sector, the accumulated value of fish exports (321,600 tonnes) between January and June, 2013 reached US$694.4 million.


In the first six months 140,400 tonnes of fishmeal were sold abroad for US$259.6 million while a year earlier 162,900 tonnes worth US$207 million had been exported. The most important destinations of fishmeal were China, Japan and Spain. Out of the exported fishmeal, 58.4% had prime quality, 26.3% had super prime and 13.8% had standard quality.


Sales of frozen products (245,000 tonnes) abroad totalled US$1,132.8 million, which represented a decrease of 4.5% compared to the same period in 2012. These products were shipped mainly to Japan, Russia, US and Brazil, with participation in value of 35.3%, 12.5%, 12% and 4.8%, respectively.


As to canned products, the sales in the first six months of 2013 totalled US$39.5 million, up 6.7% from a year earlier. The main markets were Venezuela, Spain and Belgium, with participations of 30.7%, 17.9% and 6.5%, respectively.


Aquaculture sector exports accounted for 73.5% of the total sales abroad and 55.2% of total exports in the first six months of this year, with US$1,927 million and about 396,000 tonnes. The current assessment shows an increase of 5.3% compared to that recorded last year.

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