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US shrimp imports surge during first six months

Ecuador and Indian shrimp imports surge, but Indonesian shrimp imports plummeted through June. 

US shrimp imports through June jumped 9 percent and 15 percent in volume and value, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Overall, the United States imported 286,769 metric tons of shrimp worth $2.8 billion (€2.4 billion),  according to statistics released Friday by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Imports of shell-on, frozen, warmwater shrimp, all sizes combined, amounted to 98,959 metric tons worth $943.6 million (€802.1 million), a 2 percent and 8 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, year-on-year. 

The most popular size was 31/40, with the United States importing 20,659 metric tons worth $174.4 million (€148.2 million), a 20 and 30 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, year-on-year.

Here's a look at the top countries exporting 31/40 shell-on, frozen, warmwater shrimp to the United States:

  • Ecuador: 6,964 metric tons worth $57.4 million (€48.8 million), a 32 and 41 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, year-on-year.
  • India: 5,180 metric tons worth $43.6 million (€37.1 million), a 132 and 146 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, year-on-year.
  • Indonesia: 4,078 metric tons worth $34.7 million (€29.5 million), a 17 and 11 percent drop in volume and value, respectively, year-on-year.

The United States also imported 21,730 metric tons of breaded frozen shrimp worth $157.4 million (€133.8 million), a 6 and 10 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, year-on-year through June. Most in this category came from China: 12,234 metric tons worth $74.9 million (€63.7 million), a 5 and 7 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, year-on-year.

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