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Tilapia & Catfish

Report Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This market reports focuses on tilapia in the US. It deals with harvests, prices, markets and imports of the species.


United States



In August, the average price of imported fresh fillets at Customs was up 4% on that of the previous month and down 14% on that of August 2015. The price of frozen products was USD 3,911/kg, down 6% on that of July and down 9% on those of August 2015.

Table 1: Average CIF prices for fillets at Customs, in USD/t



Var. % Aug/16 Jul/16

Price Aug/15

Var. % Aug/16 Aug/15

Aug 16

Jul 16

Fresh fillets






Frozen fillets






Source: FAS-USDA

Graph 1: Average CIF price of tilapia fillets at Customs,
in USD/t, 2012/2016

Source: FAS-USDA


In August, imports of fresh fillets reached 2,159 tonnes and USD 15,569,000, down 6% in volume and 2% in value on those of July and up 6% in volume but down 8% in value on those of August 2015. In the first eight months, they totaled 17,504 tonnes and USD 130,385,000, similar in volume and down 12% in value on those of the same period in 2015.

Graph 2: US imports of fresh tilapia fillets
(HS 0304310000 and HS 0304490012), 2012/2016

Source: FAS-USDA

Imports of frozen fillets reached 11,788 tonnes, worth USD 46,105,000 CIF at Customs. These figures are up 29% in volume and 21% in value on those of previous month and down 14% in volume and 21% in value on those of August 2015. In the period they totaled 88,797 tonnes and USD 380,976,000, down 14% in volume and 22% in value on those of 2015.

Graph 3: US imports of frozen tilapia fillets
(HS 0304610000), 2012/2016

Source: FAS-USDA

During the period, imports of other products (whole, H&G and gutted, HS 0303890040 and HS 0303890040) totaled 28,671 tonnes, worth USD 55,774,000 CIF at Customs.




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