Farmed salmon. (Photo: Salmones Cupquelán)
AquaChile, Mainstream and Multiexport lead salmon exports
Monday, April 08, 2013, 00:20 (GMT + 9)
Chile exported a total of 119,889 tonnes of salmon in the first two months of this year, a figure which shows an increase of 13 per cent over the same two months of 2012, when 105,302 tonnes were shipped abroad.
These exports generated earnings for USD 558 million, 18 per cent lower than in the same period last year (USD 673 million).
According to a report issued by InfoTrade for Aqua, the average price during February had a negative variation of 24 per cent, changing from USD 6.32/kg in 2012 to USD 4.83/kg in the same month this year.
And in January 2013, the price reached USD 4,52/kg, so there was a slight increase between the first two months of the year.
The main destination of exports continued being Japan, which imported a total of 53,660 tonnes for USD 207 million in the first two months of 2013.
In second place was the United States, along with Puerto Rico, with 20,172 tonnes worth USD 143 million.
These destinations were followed by Brazil, with 11,837 tonnes worth USD 54 million; and Russia, with 7,999 tonnes worth USD 33 million.
Between January and February of this year, Empresas AquaChile -- grouping AquaChile, Salmones Chiloé, Salmones Maullín and Aguas Claras -- was the leader in terms of returns, with sales for USD 56 million, 26 per cent less than in the same period last year.
AquaChile exported 12,153 tonnes of salmon, which shows a 3 per cent decrease over the same two months of 2012.
In second place was Mainstream Chile, with 12,629 tonnes sent abroad for USD 53 million, and in the third place was Multiexport, with 5,625 tonnes exported for USD 37 million.
Among the major exporters were Los Fiordos, with 8,470 tonnes worth USD 36 million; and Grupo Acuinova Chile, with 9,834 tonnes exported for USD 35 million.
By Analia Murias