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Trade Tracker: Salmon imports down slightly

Product from Chile, Canada dominate U.S. farmed-salmon supply


July 01, 2012

The prevalence of farmed salmon imports has ensured the product appears on most U.S. restaurant menus and at retail seafood departments. And with the product being imported year-round, the seasonal trend is not drastic, allowing Americans to enjoy fresh Atlantic salmon in any season. In addition, about 19 percent of the imports are frozen. Year-to-date, total imports of Atlantic salmon reached nearly $530 million, up nearly 4 percent from the last year at this time. 

Typically, farmed salmon imports are lowest in February and highest in March, as seen in the fever line graph. 

About 43 percent of the imports originate in Chile and shipped air freight to the United States. Subsequently, 34 percent of farmed salmon imports are trucked from Canada. The majority of frozen imports are air freighted from Norway. 

Recent months show an upward trend for farmed salmon imports, with a 28 percent increase in frozen fillets from January to April. 

Zepol Corp. of Minneapolis provides up-to-date U.S. trade data through several subscription tools: TradeIQ™ is a U.S. Customs import bill of lading database utilized to find information about competitors, suppliers, prospects, and the products that they use, market, or transport. TradeView™ provides U.S. Census data to visualize the U.S. import and export market. ComplianceMonitor™ is a comprehensive tool that proactively alerts users of essential U.S. import trade compliance information. For more information, visit www.zepol.com.

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