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June 4, 2015

United States

Washington DC—USA Shrimp Imports, January Through April 2015

 

In the first four months of 2015, USA shrimp imports were up over 9 percent (33 million pounds) to 397.5 million pounds, compared to the same period in 2014.

 

Headless, shell-on imports were up 19 percent to 158.7 million pounds, while peeled imports were down nearly 3 percent.

 

Imports from Indonesia were up 21 percent to 87.3 million pounds, and imports from India were up 29 percent to 77.1 million pounds.  Imports from Thailand, up 21 percent, indicate that it’s continuing to recover from the early mortality syndrome disaster.  The increase was enough for Thailand to overtake a waning Vietnam as the fourth biggest USA shrimp supplier behind Ecuador.

 

Overall the market continues to weaken in 2015 with Urner Barry’s White Shrimp Price Index down about 13 percent in May, compared to January.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Total US Shrimp Shipments Up 9% Through April, Driven by Large Increase in HLSO Product.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email michaelramsingh@seafood.com).  June 3, 2015.

 

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