American Frozen Fish Meat Exports Slump on Falling Demand from Japan
IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘U.S. – Frozen Fish Meat – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.
American frozen fish meat exports dropped from $602M in 2019 to $518M in 2020 amid the declining demand from Japan and South Korea. In physical terms, exports shrank by -9.5% y-o-y to 198K tonnes. South Korea, Japan and France constitute the leading importers, accounting for 65% of American frozen fish meat exports. The average export price for frozen fish meat from the U.S. decreased by -4.8% y-o-y to $2,623 per tonne in 2020.
American Frozen Fish Meat Exports by Country
In 2020, frozen fish meat exports from the U.S. declined to 198K tonnes, reducing by -9.5% against the year before. In value terms, frozen fish meat exports shrank from $602M in 2019 to $518M (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.
South Korea (61K tonnes), Japan (51K tonnes) and France (17K tonnes) were the main destinations of frozen fish meat exports from the U.S., with a combined 65% share of total exports. The Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania and Canada lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 24%.
American supplies to Japan dropped from 75K tonnes to 51K tonnes last year. Exports to South Korea reduced from 68K tonnes to 61K tonnes. By contrast, frozen fish meat exports to the Netherlands increased by +50%, reaching 14K tonnes in 2020.
In value terms, the largest markets for frozen fish meat exported from the U.S. were South Korea ($162M), Japan ($128M) and France ($45M), with a combined 65% share of total exports. These countries were followed by Spain, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Canada, which together accounted for a further 25%.
The average export price for frozen fish meat stood at $2,623 per tonne in 2020, shrinking by -4.8% against the previous year. Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination; the country with the highest price was Canada ($3,563 per tonne), while the average price for exports to the Netherlands ($2,330 per tonne) was amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable growth rate in terms of prices was recorded for supplies to France, while the prices for the other significant destinations experienced mixed trend patterns.
Source: IndexBox Platform