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Mexico increased pangasius imports in 2014
February 09, 2015, 03:47 PM
(vasep.com.vn) Vietnam pangasius exports to Mexico in 2014 valued around US$ 115.24 million, up 17.1% year on year. Among main pangasius import markets of Vietnam, this rate is fairly high.

Mexico is listed in the top 8 Vietnam pangasius importing markets. Frozen pangasius fillets exports to Mexico reported positive growth but the price was not higher than that from 2013.  

Among frozen whitefish fillets, pangasius was the most imported item, followed by tilapia and Alaska pollock. Price of pangasius was relatively lower than tilapia.

Mexico has expanded and developed the tilapia farming in the recent years. The country focuses on achieving international certifications for tilapia rearing. Mexico has its the first tilapia farm certified best aquaculture practices (BAP) by Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).

In mid July 2014, Mexico National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health (SENASICA), under Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) announced that from 29th July 2014, all seafoods (farmed and captured) imported into this country must comply with new quarantine regulations of SENASICA.

Mexico is the one of the biggest economies in Latin America. More than a half (about 55%) of imports into this market are from Americas, while Asian countries account more than 30%. Many economic organizations expect that Mexico will surpass Brazil to become the largest economy in Latin America in the next decade. This will be an advantage to boost exports of pangasius and other seafoods into this market in the near future.

 

Mexico’s imports of frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam and frozen catfish fillets from other countries  (kg)

Origin

QI/2013

QII/2013

QIII/2013

QIV/2013

QI/2014

QII/2014

QIII/2014

Vietnam

13,957,323

10,001,137

11,525,216

10,243,391

13,179,286

12,998,954

11,115,481

China

21,913

60,548

70,307

0

93,202

0

0

Taiwan

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Portugal

8,000

0

0

0

0

0

0

India

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

Average price frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam and frozen catfish fillets from China imported into Mexico (US$/kg)

Origin

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Vietnam

2.01

2.09

2.15

2.13

2.13

2.32

2.13

2.12

2.01

China

3.01

1.93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu Trang
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