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September 4, 2013

United States

Imports July 2013, India Filling the Gap

 

United States shrimp import figures for July 2013, released on September 4, 2013, show that Indian farm raised shrimp is making up for the shortages from countries affected by early mortality syndrome.

 

For the first seven months of this year, Indian shipments of headless shell-on shrimp to the USA are up 60.3%, an increase of 17,022 tons, and raw peeled shipments are up 76.2%, an increase of 19,798 tons.

 

Across all types of shrimp, USA imports are down 7.8% for the year.

 

Indonesia is continuing to ship shrimp to the USA at around the same level as 2012, while both Thailand and Ecuador are down.  Thai exports to the USA for headless shell-on shrimp are down 40.2% for the year, although July shipments improved slightly over June, they are 60% lower than in July 2012.  Ecuador production is way up, but USA sales have fallen due to stiff competition from other markets.  Ecuador’s shipments to the USA are down 12.4% year to date.

 

For peeled shrimp, Thai exports to the USA are down 38.6%, Ecuador’s are down 8.7%, and Indonesia’s are down 3.3%.  India’s, however, are up 76.2%.

 

Total USA headless shell-on imports are down 12.6% and cooked shrimp imports are down 21.1%, but total raw peeled imports are down only 0.3%.

 

Since the middle of June 2013, the Urner Barry white shrimp index shows an increase of $1.40.

 

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Indian Shrimp Keeping US Market Alive; YTD Imports Up More Than 60%.  John Sackton.  September 4, 2013.

 

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