Shrimp processing plant. (Photo: courtesy of Infomercado)
Peruvian shrimp will arrive in Australia for the first time
Friday, May 24, 2019, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
From the second semester of 2019, Peru will export to Australia a shipment of 40 tonnes of frozen shrimp, thus generating the entrance of this Peruvian marine product to that market, informed the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).
This was after the National Fisheries Health Agency (Sanipes) received a letter of approval from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia, authorizing the entry, for the first time, of frozen Peruvian shrimps.
Ecosac produce whiteleg shrimp, also known as Pacific white shrimp or king prawn (Penaeus vannamei)
It should be noted that the creation of the demand for shrimps in this market occurred as a result of the joint actions between the Commercial Office of Peru in Sydney (OCEX Sidney), led by the adviser Mario Vargas, and the Peruvian company Ecosac. Both started working meetings in January with the representatives of the main Australian supermarkets and importers, such as Woolworths and Coles, among others.
"The entry of shrimps of national origin to Australia is an achievement for Peru. Although the first shipment that will enter will be 40 tonnes, valued at almost USD 700,000, we are sure that these numbers will grow by the year 2020," said Mario Vargas.
Last year, Australia imported frozen shrimps for an amount of about USD 187 million, positioning this country as the number one importer of this product.
The main supplier country of Australia was Thailand, followed by China, Vietnam and Malaysia, which together accounted for 92 per cent of the imported volume of shrimps to Australia.
Shrimp processing plant. (Photo: Shrimp Committee – SNA)
Other countries supplying frozen shrimps are Brunei, Bangladesh and Singapore, with Argentina being the only South American country to export this product to Australia, which represents 1 per cent of the total imports of frozen shrimps in Australia.
The products are mainly purchased by restaurants of Asian origin established in Australia and consumed on the grill as a main dish by the final consumer.
Mincetur noted that in February 2018, Peru and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and that once the trade agreement between the two countries enters into force, more than 96 per cent of Peruvian exports will enter Australian market tariff-free, and by the fourth year, almost all of the products will be free of duty.