China seafood exports rise

Despite the global economic crisis, China’s seafood exports increased 16.2 percent in March, to about USD 850 million (EUR 611.4 million), according to China’s General Administration of Customs.

Shrimp exports led the way — China exported 6,145 metric tons of shrimp valued at USD 34.9 million (EUR 25.1 million) in March, up an impressive 54 percent from March 2008. In the first three months of 2009, shrimp exports totaled 12,755 metric tons valued at USD 78.3 million (EUR 56.3 million).

At 34.4 million metric tons annually, China now represents 67 percent of global seafood production, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce. China is followed by India which accounts for 6 percent of global seafood production.

Among China’s top seafood exports are shrimp, tilapia, squid, cod, catfish, mackerel and eel.

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