Fujian Bucks Chinese Export Trend

By

Keith Crane, SeafoodSource contributing editor, from Guangdong Province, China

Published on
November 3, 2008

Improving relations between China's mainland and Taiwan have resulted in a sharp increase in seafood trade between the two sides.

Figures released by customs officials in Fujian, the closest mainland province to the island, show that its exports to Taiwan doubled between July and September year-on-year, bucking the downward trend throughout the rest of China.

As SeafoodSource reported last month, China's overall seafood exports from its biggest exporting provinces of Shandong and Lioaning fell in the third quarter.

But more detailed figures released last week showed Fujian boosting its seafood exports to Taiwan by 108 percent in the same quarter.

According to Fujian Customs, its trade volume reached $1.26 billion, an increase of 11.3 percent in terms of value, compared to $1.13 billion in 2007.

Exports rose by $84 million, or 1.8 percent, although imports rose by one-third to $46 million.

Japan, the United States, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Russia account for 86 percent of the province's exports, with Taiwan showing the largest increase, up from $22 million to $46 million. Baked conger, frozen and fresh shrimp and frozen crab are Fujian's main seafood exports.

Fujian accounts for almost one-fifth of China's total exports at $2.47 billion, ranking it the fourth biggest seafood-exporting province in China.

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