During the first half of 2017, the Chinese market represented just 4% for Ecuador. A large part of the Ecuadorian shrimp went out in white boxes to Vietnam, from where the country with the largest world population was supplied. A year later, things have changed.
Today sales have multiplied by four and a half, crossing the Chinese wall.
The latest data from the National Chamber of Aquaculture show that the United States is not the second buyer of the “best shrimp in the world”, but China, a nation that acquired 18% of national crustaceans from January to June and that points even further. .
But it is not the only one that has grown in the period. Although they do not mean a relevant business in volume, Croatia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania have begun to taste the Ecuadorian product.
Chinese purchases have been relevant, to the point that their participation in the global amount has caused Ecuador’s other partners to decrease (or at least maintain) their participation. From 19 to 95 million pounds, exports grew and that is explained by a sanitary restriction on shrimp from Vietnam, the world’s largest producer of shrimp in captivity.
China has restricted the entry of animals from Vietnamese farms for excess antibiotics. They no longer let in directly, says technologist Robert Vera to EXPRESS journal. In Ecuador its use has been prohibited for several years.
“That is why Ecuador stops sending Vietnam a little bit (slows growth) and enters directly into China.”
In fact, although in relation to the first semester of 2017 the sales of the current year grow by 8 million pounds, Vietnam decreases its participation in purchases of Ecuadorian shrimp from 47 to 43%.
Other countries that have boosted total exports in volume are Colombia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece and others in Europe and South America on a smaller scale. (I)