Ecuador sees bump in April shrimp exports, but some gains may be short-lived

An Ecuadorian shrimp farm
An Ecuadorian shrimp farm | Photo courtesy of boost_solutions/Shutterstock
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Ecuador increased its year-over-year shrimp exports in April, despite lower sales to its principal market – China – and lower per-pound prices, according to the latest figures from the country’s National Aquaculture Chamber (CNA).

Ecuadorian shrimp exports in April reached USD 539 million (EUR 502 million) by value and 246 million pounds by volume, marking respective increases of 4.4 percent and 19.1 percent from the USD 516 million (EUR 481 million) and 207 million pounds registered in April 2023.

Average prices for the month’s exports reached USD 2.19 (EUR 2.04) per pound, compared to USD 2.50 (EUR 2.33) in the same month of 2023.

China continued to be Ecuador’s top market for shrimp by buying 56 percent of exports by volume in April 2024; however, that total dropped year over year from when China bought 62 percent of Ecuadorian shrimp exports last April.

Ecuador’s next three top export markets increased their market share over the same period, with Europe rising 

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