Shrimp, Mostly Frozen, Makes Up 23% of US Seafood Imports

The United States imported approximately 2.84 million metric tons of combined edible seafood intended for direct human consumption and inedible aquatic products valued at around $21.94 billion from 138 countries January through December of 2017. The Top Ten exporting nations were China, Canada, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Chile, Indonesia, Ecuador, Mexico and Norway.

NOAA logoNelson Gerundo posted the figures, issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Fisheries Statistics and Economic Division of NOAA, in a March 27 dispatch to readers of “The Shrimp List,” an email-based discussion platform for shrimp farmers and other interested parties around the world.

A retired veterinarian, Gerundo holds a Master’s Degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM) from Stirling University in Scotland, and spent 30 years working in Philippines aquaculture sector. He pointed out that in terms of shrimp import volume, approximately 665.13 thousand metric tons cleared customs, representing roughly 23% of the total volume of such products entering the United States from abroad during the same calendar year.

shrimp norwayIndia by far continued to be the leading exporter of shrimp to the United States in 2017, according to tallies posted by the US Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on February 6. Total shipments from 51 countries amounted to 664,119 metric tons, up almost 10% from 603,542 in 2016.

A list of the 138 countries exporting all kinds of seafood products to the USA, arranged in descending order in terms of volume shipped, follows:

(1) China, 570,905,082 Kg valued at $ 2,754,439,045
(2) Canada, 333,936,601 Kg valued at $ 3,301,738,387
(3) India, 231,583,095 Kg valued at $ 2,281,466,194
(4) Vietnam, 229,106,197 Kg valued at $ 1,397,189,968
(5) Thailand, 212,177,222 Kg valued at $ 1,436,213,144
(6) Chile, 202,149,026 Kg valued at $ 1,939,229,018
(7) Indonesia, 185,850,035 Kg valued at $ 1,856,969,376
(8) Ecuador, 112,555,845 Kg valued at $ 801,429,976
(9) Mexico, 94,763,547 Kg valued at $ 646,978,390
(10) Norway, 91,795,320 Kg valued at $ 795,612,859
(11) Taiwan, 43,931,780 Kg valued at $ 193,862,254
(12) Philippines, 39,419,147 Kg valued at $ 289,482,141
(13) Argentina, 36,776,941 Kg valued at $ 265,694,944
(14) Iceland, 31,936,089 Kg valued at $ 221,494,272
(15) Peru, 31,588,663 Kg valued at $ 256,675,191
(16) Russia, 30,287,563 Kg valued at $ 469,694,522
(17) Japan, 23,548,012 Kg valued at $ 309,416,694
(18) South Korea, 21,942,325 Kg valued at $ 190,425,798
(19) New Zealand, 20,896,096 Kg valued at $ 149,311,880
(20) Spain, 19,470,146 Kg valued at $ 164,885,536
(21) United Kingdom, 18,522,017 Kg valued at $ 160,426,302
(22) Honduras, 15,829,734 Kg valued at $ 132,026,720
(23) Fiji, 14,279,469 Kg valued at $ 80,347,878
(24) Faroe Islands, 14,015,323 Kg valued at $ 116,833,237
(25) Morocco, 13,074,751 Kg valued at $ 62,198,375
(26) Brazil, 12,660,496 Kg valued at $ 105,399,803
(27) Guyana, 11,928,205 Kg valued at $ 68,449,226
(28) Costa Rica, 10,961,471 Kg valued at $ 68,695,081
(29) Germany, 10,584,082 Kg valued at $ 106,078,404
(30) Poland, 10,550,511 Kg valued at $ 53,802,609
(31) Panama, 10,048,460 Kg valued at $ 88,603,700
(32) Venezuela, 9,079,131 Kg valued at $ 71,308,898
(33) Colombia, 8,892,929 Kg valued at $ 70,649,839
(34) Hong Kong, 8,548,677 Kg valued at $ 32,023,509
(35) Nicaragua, 6,921,880 Kg valued at $ 71,307,222
(36) Denmark, 6,771,127 Kg valued at $ 29,468,462
(37) Mauritius, 6,715,962 Kg valued at $ 36,979,664
(38) France, 5,626,611 Kg valued at $ 31,057,580
(39) Myanmar, 5,577,758 valued at $ 34,690,911
(40) Suriname, 5,531,850 Kg valued at $ 38,262,616
(41) Greece, 5,129,190 Kg valued at $ 54,041,273
(42) Netherlands, 4,874,596 Kg valued at $ 57,693,131
(43) Malaysia, 4,601,590 Kg valued at $ 23,456,375
(44) Sri Lanka, 4,330,579 Kg valued at $ 54,697,387
(45) Turkey, 4,101,750 Kg valued at $ 37,319,598
(46) Tanzania, 3,805,131 Kg valued at $ 3,773,602
(47) Guatemala, 3,769,915 Kg valued at $ 34,501,295
(48) Australia, 3,765,213 Kg valued at $ 61,613,391
(49) Trinidad & Tobago, 3,509,257 Kg valued at $ 25,910,311
(50) Portugal, 3,030,362 Kg valued at $ 16,540,664
(51) Egypt, 2,704,513 Kg valued at $ 9,283,748
(52) Bahamas, 2,326,314 Kg valued at $ 63,951,946
(53) Singapore, 2,202,818 Kg valued at $ 14,769,940
(54) Maldives, 2,064,966 Kg valued at $ 20,578,259
(55) Bangladesh, 1,981,555 Kg valued at $ 24,034,596
(56) South Africa, 1,808,393 Kg valued at $ 33,572,545
(57) Italy, 1,730,427 valued at $ 12,130,962
(58) Latvia, 1,110,714 Kg valued at $ 3,890,189
(59) Senegal, 1,083,106 Kg valued at $ 7,636,506
(60) Greenland, 1,063,406 Kg valued at $ 8,905,621
(61) Ireland, 989,882 Kg valued at $ 5,249,959
(62) Marshall Islands, 980,514 Kg valued at $ 5,530,142
(63) Uruguay, 962,103 Kg valued at $ 12,278,343
(64) Faroe Islands, 768,990 Kg valued at $ 7,231,532
(65) French Polynesia, 747,131 Kg valued at $ 7,509,538
(66) Grenada, 727,932 Kg valued at $ 5,148,282
(67) Pakistan, 716,792 Kg valued at $ 10,710,446
(68) El Salvador, 694,599 Kg valued at $ 5,849,255
(69) Reunion Island, 652,048 Kg valued at $ 14,166,405
(70) Falkland Islands, 645,800 Kg valued at $ 11,669,031
(71) Belize, 644,590 Kg valued at $ 12,470,338
(72) Lithuania, 623,368 Kg valued at $ 2,244,798
(73) Solomon Islands, 535,844 Kg valued at $ 2,688,450
(74) United Arab Emirates, 526,003 Kg valued at $ 5,211,050
(75) Belarus, 484,905 Kg valued at $ 1,536,488
(76) Vanuatu, 475,039 Kg valued at $ 1,712,571
(77) Israel, 468,040 Kg valued at $ 7,679,930
(78) Ivory Coast, 440,172 Kg valued at $ 849,960
(79) Mauritania, 426,606 Kg valued at $ 2,161,977
(80) Seychelles, 401,731 Kg valued at $ 3,992,771
(81) Saint Helena Island, 396,850 Kg valued at $ 12,910,579
(82) Ukraine, 361,009 Kg valued at $ 7,835,237
(83) Mozambique, 360,209 Kg valued at $ 2,410,508
(84) Kazakhstan, 352,658 Kg valued at $ 3,127,771
(85) Guinea, 349,334 Kg valued at $ 977,658
(86) Estonia, 299,575 Kg valued at $ 847,278
(87) Uganda, 297,555 Kg valued at $ 2,212,660
(88) Oman, 277,008 Kg valued at $ 2,523,226
(89) Jamaica, 253,357 Kg valued at $ 3,291,586
(90) Slovenia, 244,783 Kg valued at $ 728,299
(91) Sweden, 235,236 Kg valued at $ 2,978,450
(92) Tonga, 228,464 Kg valued at $ 1,984,055
(93) Kiribati, 222,099 Kg valued at $ 2,301,493
(94) Nigeria, 219,092 Kg valued at $ 4,397,008
(95) Sierra Leone, 217,419 Kg valued at $ 562,453
(96) Belgium, 217,176 Kg valued at $ 2,081,126
(97) Barbados, 207,698 Kg valued at $ 1,944,472
(98) Madagascar, 176,767 Kg valued at $ 250,619
(99) Dominican Republic, 175,463 Kg valued at $ 4,698,318
(100) Saudi Arabia, 172,758 Kg valued at $ 2,085,011
(101) Cyprus, 160,298 Kg valued at $ 1,372,732
(102) Tunisia, 141,267 Kg valued at $ 1,374,151
(103) Turks & Caicos Islands, 131,386 Kg valued at $ 2,119,575
(104) Ethiopia, 126,691 Kg valued at $ 1,130,307
(105) Ghana, 118,304 Kg valued at $ 356,728
(106) Croatia, 114,701 Kg valued at $ 757,943
(107) Switzerland, 107,178 Kg valued at $ 307,553
(108) Cape Verde, 104,864 Kg valued at $ 781,245
(109) Haiti, 102,173 Kg valued at $ 1,567,498
(110) Kenya, 99,342 Kg valued at $ 830,388
(111) Bulgaria, 68,028 Kg valued at $ 1,168,087
(112) Western Samoa, 67,860 Kg valued at $ 453,796
(113) Bahrain, 50,466 Kg valued at $ 297,874
(114) Romania, 31,621 Kg valued at $ 232,279
(115) Cameroon, 30,482 Kg valued at $ 228,304
(116) Gambia, 52,362 Kg valued at $ 143,296
(117) Papua New Guinea, 23,633 Kg valued at $ 980,247
(118) Liberia, 22,979 Kg valued at $ 31,974
(119) Iran, 20,640 Kg valued at $ 166,602
(120) Namibia, 19,121 Kg valued at $ 118,263
(121) New Caledonia, 18,276 valued at $ 291,103
(122) Palau, 14,957 Kg valued at $ 160,831
(123) Finland, 13,412 Kg valued at $ 228,782
(124) Armenia, 12,290 Kg valued at $ 31,338
(125) Saint Kitts & Nevis, 7,524 Kg valued at $ 54,600
(126) Saint Vincent & Grenadine, 5,001 Kg valued at $ 96,415
(127) Niue, 4,544 Kg valued at $ 32,000
(128) Micronesia, 3,727 Kg valued at $ 137,741
(129) Antigua & Barbuda, 3,535 Kg valued at $ 61,195
(130) Zambia, 2,354 Kg valued at $ 16,812
(131) Brunei, 908 Kg valued at $ 7,600
(132) Jordan, 800 Kg valued at $ 3,600
(133) Macao, 623 Kg valued at $ 6,925
(134) Aruba, 480 Kg valued at $ 4,340
(135) Moldova, 314 Kg valued at $ 160,556
(136) Kyrgyzstan, 300 Kg valued at $ 6,450
(137) Togo, 171 Kg valued at $ 3,600
(138) Albania, 117 Kg valued at $ 2,623