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Trade Tracker: Tuna imports reach $445m
Canada, Japan, Spain top tuna export markets
by Staff Reporter
January 01, 2013
Fresh and frozen tuna imports and exports play a pricey role in the seafood industry. From January through October of 2012, the United States imported $445 million of tuna, from fresh and chilled, to bluefin and yellowfin. Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam are the top tuna exporters to the United States, respectively, with export values to the U.S. market from January through October reaching $445 million. Of the tuna varieties, frozen albacore fillets were the most popular product last year, followed by yellowfin and bigeye.
On the export side, the United States shipped nearly $60 million worth of tuna products through October. The top destination is Canada, with 34 percent market share, followed closely by Japan and Spain. August through September saw a large jump in the number of tuna exports, mainly frozen albacore. Other popular tuna exports include skipjack, yellowfin and bluefin. 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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