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Argentine Fisheries Exports Drop in Volume and Value

by Ellen Hardy
29 November 2007, at 12:00am

US - Argentine fish and shellfish exports have fallen considerably this year. During the first ten months of 2007 they dropped 14 per cent in volume and 15 per cent in value compared to the same period a year ago.

Argentina's fish and shellfish exports have fallen significantly

Statistics from the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA) show that at the end of October exports totalled 465.000 tons valued 897 million US dollars, compared to 541.000 tons and over a billion US dollars in 2006.

The shellfish sector has suffered the greatest fall: exports slipped 11 per cent in volume and 27 per cent in value.

The SENASA report states that year from January to October, 186.000 tons of shellfish were exported compared to last year’s 209.000 tons. In value terms 430 million US dollars against the 589 million of the same time period a year ago.

Squid totalled 136.000 tons worth 110 million US dollars; shrimp 271 million US dollars for nearly 42,000 tons. The average export price fetched 6.364 per ton this year nearly half of last year’s 12.000 US dollars per ton. Scallops exports reached 46 million US dollars for 7.000 tons.

Regarding fish, export volumes fell 16% but their value only slipped 1 per cent. By the end of October this year, certified fish exports amounted to 279.000 tons, while during the same period last year, 332.000 tons were exported.

Ellen Hardy