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Exports of fishery products for direct human consumption grew 15%
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 09:50 (GMT + 9)
Fishery exports for direct human consumption (DHC) in Peru grew by 15% in 2019 compared to those of the previous year, said the president of the Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture of the National Society of Industries (SNI), Carlos Milanovitch Nieto.
"Despite the obstacles presented, the freezing, canning and salting industries have made great efforts to adapt to these changes, managing to increase the processing and export volumes of its products by more than 15%," said Milanovitch Nieto.
These exports generated USD 1574 million in 2019, while non-traditional fishery exports reached USD 1369 million during 2018, according to the SIN committee.
However, profit margins have been lower due to higher raw material costs.
In 2019, the giant squid was exported to China, Japan and Korea, while Peruvian hake was shipped France, England, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Poland; and the mahi mahi was sent to the United States.
Milanovitch estimated for this year a growth of 30% in relation to exports of marine products for human consumption, compared to 2019, as long as the bureaucratic obstacles that prevent their normal development are resolved.
"We hope to resolve these bureaucratic obstacles in the first quarter of 2020 and drive a sharp increase in exports of hydrobiological products," said the business leader.
Milanovitch Nieto said that the high costs of the various analyzes required by the norms and the time taken by officials of the National Fisheries Health Agency (Sanipes) put Peruvian exporters at a disadvantage in relation to their similar in Chile, Ecuador and others Latin Amercian countries
He also said that the oceanographic conditions of the Peruvian coast showed changes in temperatures, salinity and oxygenation in 2019, which affected production.
"This phenomenon altered the catches of various species that the fishing industry processes for human consumption," he added.
He explained that marine species have migrated from their habitat, which has required efforts and higher costs in their catches. These species are the giant squid, hake, scallops and loligo squid, among others.
Finally, Milanovitch indicated that the fishery subsector for direct human consumption generates more than 90% of employment in the fishing sector.
He also assured that by increasing production, by making it more efficient and lowering the costs due to current bureaucratic demands, employment growth will be an immediate result, thereby favoring Peru's economic improvement.