China’s 2016 trade data shows strong performance by shrimp as eel, tilapia slump

Published on
December 29, 2016

China has reported much higher shrimp exports, with a 16.3 percent increase in both volume and value for the first 10 months of 2016 over the equivalent time period in 2015.

Shrimp represented 11.98 percent of overall Chinese seafood exports in the first 10 months of 2016, and the 130,070 tons that China exported was worth a combined USD 1.48 billion (EUR 1.41 billion), according to data published by the Fisheries Bureau at the Chinese Agriculture Ministry.

Shrimp was the second-biggest category of Chinese seafood exports in the first 10 months of the year, after a combined category of squid, cuttlefish and octopus, which accounted for 20.3 percent of exports in the period and 379,400 tons (up 9.6 percent year-on-year) worth USD 2.51 billion (EUR 2.4 billion), up 14.3 percent.

The third-most important category, scallops, accounted for 11.2 percent of the overall exports in the first 10 months. These totalled 230,930 tons worth USD 1.38 billion (EUR 1.32 billion) – up 10.6 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively, compared to the first 10 months of 2015.

Tilapia shipments accounted for 7.83 percent of overall exports at 314,100 tons (up 3.43 percent) worth USD 968 million (EUR 925 million), down 3.7 percent.

Eel exports represented 6.27 percent of Chinese seafood exports in the first 10 months, at 35,900 tons worth USD 774 million (EUR 740 million), down 1.3 and down 6.9 percent, respectively.

Crab exports accounted for 5.73 percent of exports at 50,200 tons, down 1.5 percent, worth USD 708 million (EUR 677 million), down 4 percent, while Chinese exports of crayfish accounted for 1.96 percent of overall seafood exports at 21,400 tons, up 22.5 percent, worth USD 242 million (EUR 232 million), up 3.5 percent.

Yellow croaker exports accounted for 1.58 percent of exports at 31,400 tons worth USD 195 million (EUR 187 million) – up 12.1 percent by volume and 5.5 percent by value.

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