Salmon exports from Chile to China fall 65% in first half of 2021

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Total export value for the category was US$43 million, a decrease of 64.8 per cent on the previous year. 

The Chinese export market has become a pillar of Chile’s foreign trade during the last two decades.

However, new figures released by Chile’s National Customs Service Studies Department have highlighted a decline in salmon and trout exports from the South American country to China in the first half of the year. Total export value for the category was US$43 million, a decrease of 64.8 per cent on the previous year.

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According to news site Jiemian, China imports about 80,000 tons of chilled and frozen salmon each year. Chile, Norway and the Faroes are the main suppliers, with rapid growth in the market in recent years playing a key role in producers’ strategies.