10 leading countries of the world in export of fish and seafood

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Seafood has long been an important product that is consumed worldwide. And for exporting countries, this is an important component of economic well-being.

Below we will talk about the largest exporting countries of seafood, including fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks and other aquatic invertebrates. The ranking is based on export data for 2019 from the UNCTAD / WTO International Trade Center.

1. China

China became a leader in seafood exports in 2019. Export for the year amounted to 12.47 billion dollars. At the same time, compared with 2018, the volume of exports decreased – so, in 2018, exports amounted to 13.25 billion dollars. Among the main exported goods are frozen shrimp and fish, as well as shellfish.

2. Norway

Norway came in second place in 2019 – here, seafood exports reached $ 11.67 billion. The main importers of Norwegian seafood are European countries, with the help of companies like plexus freight the freight forwarding company amongst others that maintain strong transportation of goods across Europe. Another importer of Norwegian seafood is the United States. It is noted that exports remain stable – so, in 2018, it amounted to 11.69 billion dollars.

3. India

Third place among seafood exporters is India. In 2019, its exports amounted to 6.14 billion dollars. The main buyers of Indian seafood are the USA, as well as the countries of Southeast Asia (25% and 25.7%, respectively). In addition, 20% of exports go to EU countries.

4. Chile

Chile is the fourth largest seafood exporter in 2019. Exports amounted to 5.78 billion dollars. Chilean seafood is shipped to the USA, Brazil, and Japan. In addition, a significant portion of Chilean exports goes to EU countries. Compared to 2018, exports in 2019 decreased slightly – from 5.88 billion to 5.78 billion dollars.

5. Vietnam

The top five leader is Vietnam, whose seafood export amounted to $ 5.60 billion in 2019. As of 2012, more than 5 million people are employed in this industry, and Vietnamese seafood is exported to Japan and other countries of Southeast Asia.

6. Canada

Canada is the sixth largest seafood exporter. According to data for 2019, exports amounted to 5.17 billion dollars. Canada exports crab, shrimp, salmon and other seafood. Compared to 2018, Canada’s exports have grown significantly: for example, in 2018 it amounted to only 4.92 billion dollars.

7. USA

The United States was in seventh place with exports of $ 4.87 billion. It is noted that over the past five years, exports have grown by 43%, which is also associated with rising prices for American seafood. Export paperwork, such as certificates of free sale, is required when transporting products such as fish and vitamins.

8. Russia

Russia was in eighth place with exports of $ 4.66 billion. Compared to 2018, seafood exports have grown slightly. If in 2018, exports amounted to 4.28 billion, then in 2019 it grew to 4.66.

9. The Netherlands

The ninth place is taken by the Netherlands. According to the results of 2019, seafood exports amounted to 4.64 billion dollars. The main buyers of Dutch seafood are countries such as Germany (18.7%), Belgium (15.3%), France (12.5%), Italy (9.1%) and Spain (6.5%).

10. Sweden

Sweden closes the top ten, which in 2019 exported seafood worth $ 4.38 billion. It is one of the largest seafood exporters in the European Union. The Swedish fishing industry is an important component of the country’s economic well-being. The main buyers of Swedish seafood are the countries of the European Union.


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