Japan’s seafood imports plummet due to COVID-19

Published on
April 20, 2020
The Japanese Ministry of Finance released provisional trade statistics for February 2020 that showed seafood imports from most regions and countries sharply down. The report showed overall imports of “fish and fish preparation” at 115,989 metric tons (MT) for February, down from February of last year by 17.7 percent. The value was JPY 87.1 billion (USD 808.4 million, EUR 743.9 million), down by 21 percent. The decline was likely due to disruption of production and shipping associated with…
Contributing Editor reporting from Osaka, Japan

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