Fish processing plant. (Photo: coinrefri)
China, Russia and Brazil displace traditional markets
Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The Association of Exporters (ADEX) estimates that Peruvian fish exports will be consolidated in China, Russia and Brazil in the coming years, displacing the United States and Spain as the major destinations.
The institution expects this change as a result of the dynamism of the economies of those three countries.
This was said by Percy Sánchez, ADEX Fishery Industry manager, based on the conclusions reached at the Sixth International Aquaculture Fisheries Convention, held in the framework of Expoalimentaria 2011.
This international convention was attended by exhibitors from the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Russia, China, Mexico and Colombia, among others, who stressed the importance of the growth of new markets, the agency Andina reported.
According to the available data, China is currently third in the ranking of countries where the non-traditional fish products from Peru are destined.
On the other hand, Russia and Brazil are in places 18 and 17, respectively.
Commercial Counselor of Peru in San Pablo, Antonio Castillo, said that from 1 January next year, the country will have zero tariff with Brazil. This economic benefit will meet the demand of the Brazilian market, which today is covered by resources from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
The business manager of the China Chamber of Commerce of Peru (Capechi), Miguel Galvez, said that in China fish is the fifth most consumed product among its population.
He also said that the Chinese government in its 2011-2015 Economic Development Plan has identified the increase in consumption of aquaculture products.
"It is estimated that by 2020 in China 35 kilograms of fish will be consumed per family, considering that currently they consume only 12 kilograms," the entrepreneur added.
Henry Quiroz, ADEX chairman of the Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, expects that shipments of fishery resources abroad will exceed USD 2,500 million in 2011.
Out of this total, USD 642 million will correspond to sales for human consumption, such as prawns, scallops, squid and frozen fish, among other resources.
Last week, ADEX anticipated that exports of fishery products for human consumption (CHD) will increase 40 per cent this year compared to 2010, reaching nearly USD 1,000 million.
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By Analia Murias