Peru the big winner as New Zealand shipments to China fall sharply in first quarter
Russia was the top supplier of seafood to China in the first quarter of 2017, supplying 16.8 percent of overall imports and totaling 318,100 tons worth USD 402 million (EUR 358 million). There was a massive 158 percent jump in imports from Peru which totalled 228,100 tons worth USD 356 million (EUR 317 million) – a 135.7 percent rise year-on-year in value terms.
The third-most important supplier, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc, shipped 127,400 tons worth USD 295 million (EUR 263 million), up 13.5 and 9 percent, respectively. China’s fourth-ranked supplier, the U.S.A., saw its shipments fall by 0.9 percent in volume to 65,600 tons worth USD 231 million (EUR 206 million), a rise of 0.6 percent. Fifth-placed Canada shipped 24,900 tons worth USD 162 million (EUR 145 million) – up 26.2 and 16.1 percent, respectively.
In sixth place, Chile saw its shipments to China fall 20.5 percent in volume to 28,500 tons in the first quarter of 2017, but shipments rose 21.7 percent in value terms to USD 120 million (EUR 107 million). Seventh- and eight- placed Indonesia and Norway both increased their exports to China. But the ninth-placed exporter, New Zealand, saw a steep drop in its sales to China, as they slipped20.3 percent in volume and 18.6 percent in value to 15,600 tons worth USD 91 million (EUR 81 million).