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May 6, 2015

United States

Washington DC—USA Shrimp Imports, March 2015


In March 2015, shrimp shipments into the USA continued to increase.  A sharp increase in headless, shell-on shipments from Ecuador and the continued recovery of Thai imports helped drive shipments higher in the first quarter of 2015.


In March 2015, USA shrimp imports totaled just over 101 million pounds, an 8.5 percent increase over March 2014.  This helped push shipments for the first quarter up over 6 percent to 297 million pounds, compared to the first quarter of 2014.


Indonesia continued as the top shrimp supplier to the USA, even though its shipments fell 8.5 percent in March 2015, compared to March 2014.  Still, when compared on a quarter-to-quarter basis, its shipments were up 16 percent.


Indian shipments were up over 10 percent in March 2015, compared to March 2014, and for the first quarter of 2015, Indian shrimp exports to the USA were up over 15 percent, compared to first quarter 2014, at 53 million pounds.  This was enough for India to take the number two spot among shrimp suppliers to the USA market.


After a down month in February 2015, Ecuadorian shipments in March 2015 were up a sharp 52 percent over March 2014, to 19.7 million pounds.  Ecuador’s headless, shell-on shipments were up 24 percent over February and 15 percent for the first quarter.  Overall headless, shell-on shipments to the market were up 23 percent for the month and 16 percent for the quarter.


Thailand continued to show signs of recovering from early mortality syndrome as its shipments to the USA were up 52 percent in March 2015, compared to March 2014, to 13.7 million pounds.  Thailand total exports to the USA topped 36 million pounds in the first quarter, 21 percent higher than first quarter 2014.


In March 2015, continued gains from Indian and Indonesian exporters combined with improved shipments from Ecuador and Thailand helped offset a sharp decline from Vietnam.  Shrimp shipments from Vietnam were down nearly 48 percent in March and finished the quarter down 23 percent.  Overall, imported shrimp volumes were up in the first three months of the year.  So far, there has been little evidence to suggest shipments to the market will decline in the months ahead—particularly as the dollar and overseas production remain strong.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  US Shrimp Imports Up 6% in Q1; Ecuador Up Sharply in March as Thai Recovery Continues.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  May 5, 2015.

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