September 11, 2014


Chile's half-year seafood shipments soar



Chile exported US$3.18 billion worth of seafood and aquaculture products during the first six months of this year, up 21.4% from the US$2.6 billion worth it had in the same period last year.


In terms of volume, however, exports from January to June 2014 fell 5.5% from 717,700 tonnes to 678,220 tonnes, Chile's Fisheries and Aquaculture Undersecretariat (SUBPESCA) reported.


Frozen products accounted for about 50% of the total exports, it said.


They were followed by fishmeal (20.5%), refrigerated fresh products (14.9%) and dried seaweed (6.3%), according to the latest Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Report issued by SUBPESCA.


The main export was Atlantic salmon, which accounted for 48.6% (US$1.54 million) of the country's total exports.


Chilean products went to 92 countries, with the bulk of them landing in the US, Japan, Brazil, China and Russia.


Chile's fishmeal exports during the same period reached 138,470 tonnes, down from 140,410 tonnes in the same period in 2013. In dollar value, it was a drop from US$259.6 million in 2013 to US$208.8 million this year.


The major destinations for Chile's January-to-June fishmeal shipments were China, Japan and South Korea.


Of the total fishmeal exports, 63.8% was of prime quality, 26.7% super prime quality and 7.8% standard.


Frozen products exports (222,300 tonnes), mainly to Japan, the US, China and Brazil, reached US$1.54 billion, up 36.4% over the same period in 2013.