Chilean exports of salmon and trout to China more than doubled in the second quarter from a year earlier to 12,601 metric tons, according to the Chile Salmon Council.

Exports to China slid in 2020 at the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic after the discovery of traces of the deadly virus were found on a chopping board in a Beijing wholesale market in June that year.

However, over the past nearly two years shipments have gradually rebounded.

In 2019, prior to the pandemic, Chilean producers shipped 35,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon to China, according to the trade organization SalmonChile.