Honduras: Outlook for Shrimp Exports

Opening up new markets and resuming exports to Mexico are two of the goals that entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector have set for 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Authorities at the Ministry of Economic Development indicated that the aquaculture and fishing sector will have closed 2017 with exports of more than $300 million, led by sales of tilapia and shrimp. 

See also: "Export figures for frozen shrimp in Central America"

Regarding the rise in shrimp exports, Jacobo Paz, owner of the portfolio, told Laprensa.hn that "...The volume of shipments of shrimp is growing, it should be noted that this is not due to increases in the amount of area cultivated but to substantial improvements in productivity. The official added that the prices of aquaculture products remained stable last year, and that they managed to position themselves in relatively new markets, which they have recently ventured into, such as Japan and Taiwan."

The official added that this year "... we will seek to penetrate new markets and achieve, once again, the opening of the Mexican market, which since last year has been blocked to Honduran shrimp."   See "Mexico Blocks Honduran shrimp"

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Mexico Blocks Honduran Shrimp

November 2017

Honduran exporters claim that starting from more than 30 days ago Mexican health authorities have prevented entry of the product arguing the presence of yellow head disease.

Although the National Service of Agricultural Health (SENASA) claims to have presented to its counterparts in Mexico tests that rule out the presence of the disease in the Honduran shrimp farms, they are still stopping entry of the product in the north American country.

Honduras: Optimism Over Shrimp Production

October 2017

Climatic conditions have favored shrimp production this year, and according to estimates made by the sector, the year could close with an exported volume over 70 million pounds.

The union for this product estimates that if the trend seen in production figures continues until September, 2017 could close with even better figures than those achieved in 2014, considered one of the best performing periods in recent years. Figures from the National Association of Aquaculture Producers of Honduras (Andah) indicate that up to September 30 the volume exported was 45,480,000 pounds.  

Honduran Shrimp Industry After Chinese Market

September 2012

By sending trade missions to China, participating in exhibitions worldwide and organizing visits to local shrimp plants, the country aims to conquer the Chinese market.

Jacobo Paz, President of the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (Andah in Spanish) said, "The Republic of China is being viewed as a potential market.

Honduras to Export $150 Million in Shrimp

April 2009

The harvest of shrimp at the end of April reached 80 million pounds, which is equivalent to $150 million.

While prices of some sizes of shrimp have declined, mainly for large shrimp which are more expensive due to their size, the industry expects export volume not to decline in 2009.

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