Chile exports soar in value
CHILE’S salmon exports increased 30 per cent in value in the first half of 2017, by $547 million to $2,380 million.
Chile exported $2,086 million in salmon products (Atlantic and coho) between January and June this year.
This is an increase of almost $466 million, or 29 per cent compared with the same period in 2016, when exports earned $1,620 million.
By the end of June 2017, Chilean trout exports totalled $294 million, an increase of $81 million or 38 per cent compared to the same period of last year.
According to Felipe Sandoval, president of the Chilean Salmon Industry Association (Salmonchile), the increase in the value of salmon sales is mainly due to improved prices.
Meanwhile, Chile looks set to follow Norway by wooing China in its quest to sell farmed salmon.
Eduardo Goycoolea, CEO of New World Currents (NWC), Chile’s salmon industry body, said they had been talking to a number of companies with a view to increasing exports to the Far East.
‘In 2016 the turnover reached 51 million dollars and by 2017 that figure should increase by at least 20 per cent.’
Above: Chile is increasing its salmon exports