4 trends to note in China’s seafood exports, imports

Published on
April 15, 2016

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China’s Agriculture Ministry finally posted the data for the country’s 2015 seafood trade this week on the noticeboard of its ministry building in Beijing.

Overall it’s a gloomy picture if you’re an exporter of seafood – something explained by weaker global demand, a still-strong Chinese currency and, related to that, a shift to domestic sales in species like shrimp. But there are also more fundamental issues: aquaculture and the production of low-end species remain under pressure in China due to the rising cost of agricultural land and government efforts to rehabilitate degraded waterways.

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