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January 7, 2016

United States

Washington DC—Shrimp Imports Through November 2015

 

USA shrimp imports rebounded in November 2015, up 15.5% from November 2014.  Through November 2015, imports were 1.169 billion pounds, up 2.3% over the same period in 2014.

 

Imports of all product types increased: shell-on tails, including EZ peel, were up 13%; peeled tails were up 12% and cooked tails were up 27%.

 

Imports from Mexico were up 38.5%, imports from India were up 23.9%, and those from Thailand were up 15%.

 

The strong dollar, combined with improved retail and foodservice sales, contributed to the increases, as optimistic prevailed before the holidays.

 

Reports from Red Lobster, a seafood restaurant chain with over 700 outlets in the United States, were that their endless shrimp promotion was hugely successful this year.

 

Imports from Vietnam continued to drop due to disease and production woes, with total exports down 22.6% through November 2015, although there was some improvement in November.

 

Ecuador’s shipments were down 7.1% through November 2015, and for November they were flat, as stronger prices for head-on shrimp in China continue to drive Ecuadorian exports to Asia.  Apparently the recent China Fisheries and Seafood Expo was hugely successful for Ecuadorian companies, who are supplying shrimp to China, where domestic supplies have dropped.

 

USA Shrimp Imports in Metric Tons Through November 2015

 

 

Sources: 1. Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  US Shrimp Imports Rebound in November Due to Strong Demand, Lower Prices.  John Sackton.  January 6, 2016.  2. NOAA Fisheries, Office of Science and Technology.  Table: U.S. Imports of Shrimp (All Types) by Country with Comparisons, November 2015 (Metric Tons).  Website Visit on January 7, 2015.  3. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International.  January 7, 2016.

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