Indian shrimp exports imports fell 2 percent by volume in the opening seven months of the year to 367,145 metric tons (809 million pounds), according to latest figures published by Ecuador's Camara Nacional de Acuacultura (CNA) trade association.

But the value of those exports were up 3 percent from the same period the year prior to $2.8 billion (€2.8 billion).

In 2020, the first year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, India exported 283,180 metric tons of shrimp, nearly 30 percent less than imports during the first seven months of this year.

The value of shrimp exports over this time period was close to 42 percent higher in 2022 than it was in 2020.

Shipments to the United States fell 20 percent, falling short of 130,000 metric tons, while exports to China rose 10 percent to around 85,000 metric tons.

Retail sales in the US have slowed down with many retailers holding high inventories, although a number of major retailers continue to purchase to maintain ongoing programs.

Consignments from India to Vietnam dipped 3 percent while exports to Japan dropped 23 percent although like Vietnam from a much smaller base.

Exports to Belgium came in at around 10,000 metric tons, a 37 percent increase.

Shipments to other markets climbed 23 percent breaching the 90,000 metric-ton mark.

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