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Trade Tracker: The catfish market

Pangasius from Vietnam dominates import market


September 01, 2012

This month’s column focus is on U.S. catfish imports, including PangasiusSilurusClarias and Ictalurus. Nearly all catfish imports arrive to the United States as frozen fillets. Small portions are imported in the fresh or chilled forms. The origin of the majority of these imports is Vietnam, followed by smaller amounts from China and Brazil. 

Catfish imports in January amounted to more than $46 million, while in June imports were about $29 million. 

The ports of arrival for the shipments are widespread throughout the United States. With its proximity to Asia, it’s no wonder the port of Los Angeles takes the top spot, followed by the ports of Newark and New York, respectively. Overall, U.S. catfish imports make up 3 percent of all imported seafood.

For an in-depth look at the market for pangasius in the United States, see the July issue of SeaFood Business.

Zepol Corp.is a Minnesota-based company working to provide the most complete and up-to-date U.S. trade data through our 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.

Find other SeaFood Business articles with catfish here.

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