Icelandic Sea Cucumber Debuts in China


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 20, 2009

China has started importing Icelandic sea cucumber, with sales reaching US$53,000 in the first month.

Yantai city in northern Shandong province began importing the delicacy in mid-December, and other Chinese cities may soon do the same.

So far, 1 metric tons have been imported, but a local distributor says Iceland, stricken by the global credit crisis, plans to export more.

Sea cucumber distributor Sun Yu Cheng told that Iceland's plight inspired him to contact one of the country's seafood companies, whose name he didn't disclose, signing a trade agreement last October.

His first delivery in December sold out within the month, selling at $53 per kilogram.

Cheng is now ordering a second delivery with plans to distribute the product more widely. 

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