Salmon-by-air to the Eastern giant overtook sea cargo last year.
IndexSalmon’s market report on the transport of Chilean salmon exports in Aqua.cl, reveals that air travel is fast becoming the go-to method of delivering salmon.
In 2018, the county exported 455,891 metric tonnes of salmon through maritime shipping (44.5%), air travel (29.1%), and overland (26.4%).
But with Chinese exports, transport by air grew by 123,2%, from 11.2 thousand tonnes in 2017 jumping to 25 thousand tonnes in 2018.
Though most salmon exported by air went to the United States (75.7%), while China was in second place with 17.3%. The third place was by Israel, with 2.5%.
By land – 120 thousand tonnes in trucks mainly went to Brazil with 71.3%. This was followed by the United States and Argentina, with 19.5% and 6.8% respectively. It’s also on these routes that frequent “Wild West” style salmon heists occur.
Mediterranean Shipping Co. controlled the majority of maritime shipments (25.5%). The countries that received the highest quantity of salmon via these routes were Russia, the United States, and China, Aqua.cl reported.
Latam Airlines had the highest volume of air shipments (41.2%).