In the first half of this year, Argentina seafood exports totaled 778.8 million dollars with a slight increase of 30 million dollars, and 3.9% over the same period of 2013 (749.6 million), reported the Directorate of Fisheries Economics from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Under Secretariat.
The volume of exports reached 285,608 tons, 3% more than in the same period in 2013, when 277,389 tons were shipped abroad.
Exports to China grew 30% compared to those of the first half of 2013 and the region of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations +3 (Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar , China, South Korea and Japan) imported 58,485 tons of fish products for a total of 114.6 million dollars.
The Argentine Under Secretariat of Fisheries also highlighted the increase recorded for exports in recent years: the value increased from 1.1 million dollars in 2007 to 1.5 million in 2013, that is to say, 34.7% higher. In that period the increases in shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) and squid (Illex argentinus) exports were highlighted.
In the case of shrimp, the value of its shipments abroad increased by 110% between 2007 and 2013, from 291.9 million to 615 million. Likewise squid exports grew by 104%, from 115.3m in 2007 to 235.4m in 2013. (FIS).-