EU helps Chilean salmon surge
Chilean exports have been buoyed by substantial increases, both in terms of volume and value, to the EU and Russian markets during the first four months of the year.
According to figures from Salmonchile, the country exported 218,455 tonnes of salmonids in the first four months of this year, worth US$ 1,307 million - a 6.4 per cent increase in volume and a 2.8 per cent decrease in value.
19,973 tonnes of those exports went to Russia, a figure 33 per cent higher compared to the same period of 2015 and 54 per cent higher than in the same months of 2014. Likewise, returns from those exports experienced a 25 per cent increase, up to US$ 94 million.
Meanwhile, exports to the EU exhibited a 47 per cent increase in volume compared to the same period of 2015, up to 15,664 tonnes; and a 21 per cent increase in value as well, up to US$ 85 million.
Chilean shipments of salmonids to the US totalled 53,858 tonnes up to April this year, which is 9 per cent higher than in the same period of 2015 and 2014, although the value of those exports experienced a 2 per cent decrease, falling to US$ 441 million.
Exports to Brazil, however, fell by 6 per cent in volume and 12 per cent in value, down to US$ 163 million.
Equally shipments to Japan totalled 56,635 tonnes - 4 per cent lower than in the same period of 2015 and 13 per cent less than the first four months of 2014. Returns from this market have experienced a 9 per cent decrease in the first four months of 2015, down to US$ 316 million