In the first ten months of the year foreign sales of seafood products fell, except for shellfish and shrimp, which are growing at double digits.
Statistics from the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX) show that foreign sales of seafood grew by 19% compared to the first ten months of 2015, while exports of sea shrimp, recorded an increase of almost 13%.
In the first phase of the Single Window for Electronic Foreign Trade authorization will be given for export declarations for sea products, and in a second stage, for agricultural products.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade:
ICIM 09/22/2016.Through the Single Window for Electronic Foreign Trade (VUCE by its initials in Spanish), the Ministry of Trade and Industry has initiated the electronic approval of exports, a joint piece of work with the National Customs Authority, the Government Innovation Authority, the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), said Minister Augusto Arosemena, who announced that this is one of the pioneering projects in trade facilitation in our country.
Powered by shrimp farming, the gross value of fisheries and aquaculture production reached $129 million in 2014, 16.3% more than in 2013, when it totaled $113 million.
This growth is mainly due to increased shrimpproduction, which recorded sales of $74.7 million, of which $66.2 million came from shrimp farming and the rest from shrimp caught in the open sea. During 2014, exports of farmed shrimp totaled $106 million which corresponds to 17.9 million kilograms, to about $5.95 each.
With a bill to incentivize development of the sector and other measures to provide facilities to farmers, the government aims to boost the growth of aquaculture in the country.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):
The Ministry of Production of Peru announced a series of measures aimed at laying the foundations for sustainable development and launching aquaculture within the framework of the implementation of the National Plan for Productive Diversification.
In 2014 revenues from sales abroad of shrimp were $252 million, up 9.1% compared to the previous year.
In 2014 30.7 million kilos of shrimp was produced, up 0.3% from the 30.6 million kilos recorded in 2013. The increase in exports is mainly due to an 8% increase in the international price, according to the Central Bank of Honduras.
Grupo Calvo is preparing to start exporting to Russia in the first half of the year and plans to invest $3 million in improvements to its plants in El Salvador.
The tuna company is also aiming to increase its exports to England, Germany, Vietnam and Belgium. It also plans to diversify its offerings in the food sector, moving into production and marketing of spicy sauces and seasonings. It is expected that in April the new products will be available to consumers.
Canned tuna is preferred over presentations in glass or tetra pak containers, with increased demand reported in varieties of yellow and albacore tuna.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The consumption of canned tuna in the Middle East is concentrated in Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which depend entirely on imports, coming mainly from Thailand (86.4%), Italy (7.4%) and other Southeast Asian countries among these, the Philippines and Indonesia, with 6.6%.
In the past year, the Colombian fish imports increased 42%, due to difficulties of local industry in supplying domestic demand.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promotion Office of (PROCOMER):
The Colombian fishing industry is going through tough times due to various reasons such as resource depletion, pollution, oil and mining spills , increased cost of materials especially related to fuel prices, which has led to a considerable decrease in fish production.
Between January and October this year, exports of Nicaraguan shrimp to France were worth over $18 million, up 92% compared to the same period of 2013.
According to the Center for Exports (CETREX), of the total sales generated from shrimp farming, France accounts for 10.6%. From January to November 2, 2014 sales of $18.3 million were recorded, well above the $9.5 million reported in the same period last year.
Wood, seafood, coffee and frozen vegetables are some of the products already going to Asia and the aim is to promote the opening of a sales office in Hong Kong.
According to Guatemalan authorities, the main import partner is China and in exports it is Japan. In 2013 exports to Asia generated $897.7 million, however, this figure is expected to be greater by the end of 2014, as Asian demand has increased.
Fish which undergoes long-term processing such as canned fish, seafood and prepared fish dishes represents 52% of the retail market for processed fish, followed by frozen and refrigerated fish.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food in Canada (AAFC), the seafood market in Canada increased from $2.8 billion (684.200 tons) in 2009 to $3.8 billion (709.100 tons) in 2013 and it is expected that demand will continue to increase as Canadians include fish and seafood as a regular part of their healthy diet. It is also expected that prices will increase by over 40% in 2016 compared to 2009.
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