US, Canadian lobster exports to China set to take off in 2023

Published on
January 19, 2023
A North American lobster.

Over the past three years, China maintained its lobster imports from the U.S. and Canada at nearly pre-pandemic levels, portending a likely increase in trade now that the country has lifted its zero-Covid inspection regime for imported foods.

Between 2018 and 2022, China imported between 62 million and 72 million pounds of lobster annually, according to data presented at the shellfish panel at the 2023 Global Seafood Market Conference in Palm Springs, California, U.S.A. on 18 January,

The Sino-U.S. trade war sapped energy from the once-thriving U.S. lobster trade with China, but the fact that traded volumes of North American lobster (Homarus americanus) stayed as high as they did – in large part thanks to Canadian exporters – could mean the market is primed for expansion in 2023, Ready Seafood Director of Sales and Business Development Andrew Daughan said ...  

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