From Intrafish’s news on February 23, Ecuadorian shrimp exports to China fell sharply for the second consecutive month in January this year. The reason was that Chinese stocks remained high and due to epidemic restrictions, customs clearance of goods through Chinese ports was delayed.
In January this year, the export volume of Ecuadorian shrimp to China was 28.1 million pounds, a year-on-year decrease of up to 60%. In October and November last year, exporters began to feel the backlog of Chinese inventories and the extension of port clearance time, resulting in a decrease of more than 27%in exports in December.
In May last year, the export volume of Ecuadorian shrimp to China was 116 million pounds, and the export volume in November was 94.8 million pounds. Exporters are worried that it will take several years for exports to China to recover.
In January this year, Ecuador’s shrimp exports amounted to 101.4 million pounds, a year-on-year decrease of 8%and an increase of 6%compared to December last year. Exports to Eastern Europe were strong, especially Russia, which exported 6.8 million pounds, a sharp increase of 215%.
Ecuadorian Aquaculture Association (CNA) President Jose Antonio Campasano said that Russia has always been a very attractive market. In fact, any market is very important to Ecuador.