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Trade Tracker: Mussel imports down slightly

New Zealand, Canada, Chile supply bulk of U.S. mussel imports


October 01, 2013

U.S. mussel imports have totaled more than $150 million for the first seven months of this year and account for 0.74 percent of all U.S. seafood imports. However, in the past 12 months mussel imports have declined 2.1 percent compared to the previous 12 months. But there is one type of mussel that is showing an increase in imports: fresh farmed. 

The most popular imported mussel product forms are frozen, dried or brined. More and more, however, Americans are becoming partial to fresh or chilled mussels. In the last 12 months, imports of frozen mussels are down 4 percent, while imports of fresh mussels are up by 1.3 percent. The majority of fresh mussel imports are blue mussels from Canada, while New Zealand supplies the majority of frozen mussels, which are the green-lipped species. Other leading mussel origins include Chile and Mexico.

The United States exports far less mussels than it imports. From January through July of this year, U.S. exports totaled just over $1.2 million, mostly destined for Canada, Guatemala and Costa Rica. 

Zepol Corporation 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.

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