Seafood Import to Russia Grows in Q1 2020

  • This article uses the data of the SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service available for subscribers.

    According to SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service, in Q1 2020 Russia imported 15.5 thousand tons (+19.2% year-on-year) of seafood worth $83.9 mn (+11.6%).

    Most of these were shrimp. During the first three months of 2020, 12.2 thousand tons of shrimps was imported, 24.5% more than during the same period last year. In monetary terms, the import of shrimps increased by 20.7% to make $69.4 mn. Most of the products came from India, Ecuador, Greenland, Argentina and China.

    The import of squids to Russia increased by 23.8% up to 2.6 thousand tons worth $8.8 mn, up 3.5%. The countries of origin were China, Peru and Thailand.

    The imports of octopuses amounted to 307 tons (-40%) worth $1.7 mn (-63%). The major suppliers were exporters from Indonesia, Vietnam and China.

    Oysters import made 79.4 tons, about the same as during Q1 last year. In monetary terms, the value of the shipments increased by 9.1% up to $1.2 mn. Oysters were mainly delivered from Japan, New Zealand and France.

    During the first quarter of 2020, seafood was imported to Russia from 29 countries. The main countries of origin were Ecuador, India and China.

    Imports from Ecuador tripled to 3.3 thousand tons in terms of tonnage and grew by 3.4 times up to $17.3 mn in terms of value. All of this was shrimps.

    India exported to Russia 2.7 thousand tons of seafood (+68.8%) worth $18.7 mn (+78.1%). All of these were also shrimps.

    Seafood import from China decreased by 34.1% down to 2.7 thousand tons worth $14.6 mn, down 36% year-on-year. Shrimps, squids and scallops prevailed in the shipments.

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