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US shrimp imports keep climbing through August

In the most popular shrimp size, Indonesian imports took a hit while Ecuador and India were the top exporters.

US shrimp imports through August amounted to 409,782 metric tons worth $3.95 billion (€3.4 billion), a 9 percent and 15 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, through August.

Imports of shell-on, frozen, warmwater shrimp, all sizes combined, came to 141,239 metric tons worth $1.3 million (€1.1 million). Volume remained about the same, increasing less than 1 percent, but the United States paid 6 percent more compared to the imports in this category last year through August.

Here's a look at the breakdown of the most popular sizes:

  • 31/40 - 28,005 metric tons worth $236.7 million (€201.2 million), a 15 percent and 23 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, through August.
  • 21/25 - 27,386 metric tons worth $272.8 million (€231.9 million), a 3 percent and 9 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, through August.
  • 26/30 - 20,578 metric tons worth $191 million (€162.4 million). Volume remained about the same, decreasing less than 1 percent, but the United States paid 7 percent more, compared to the imports in this shrimp size last year through August.
In the most popular size category, 31/40, here's a look at which countries were the top exporters:
  • Ecuador: 8,932 metric tons worth $72.9 million (€62 million), a 22 percent and 26 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, through August.
  • India: 6,791 metric tons worth $57.4 million (€48.8 million), a 75 percent and 85 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, through August.
  • Indonesia: 5,466 metric tons worth $46.4 million (€39.4 million), a 17 percent and 10 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, through August.

The United States also imported 30,163 metric tons of breaded frozen shrimp worth $218.2 million (€185.5 million), a 9 percent and 13 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, through August. Most came from China: 17,048 metric tons worth $104.5 million (€89.1 million), a 10 percent and 13 percent increase in volume and value, respectively.

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