China, Ecuador and India are the Main Suppliers of Seafood to Russia

China, Ecuador and India are the Main Suppliers of Seafood to Russia

Between January and November last year, 40 countries supplied seafood to Russia, with the largest volumes of imports from China, Ecuador and India. According to SeaNews, 56,300 tons of seafood was imported to Russia during this period. The growth was almost 2%. In monetary terms, this amounted to USD 316.7 million (decreasing by almost 3%).

Crustaceans account for the majority of imports. According to the results of 11 months of last year, 40,700 tons was imported. This is almost 11% more than during the same period in 2018. In monetary terms, the import of crustaceans increased by 3.9% to USD 245.7 million. At the same time, almost all imports consisted of frozen shrimp. Most of the products come from India, Ecuador, Argentina, China and Greenland. In addition, there are lobsters from the UAE, the Faroe Islands and Morocco, crayfish from Tunisia and shellfish from Turkey.

The supply of molluscs to Russia decreased by 16.7% in physical terms to 15,500 tons and by 20.5% in monetary terms to 70,600 tons. Squids and octopuses are predominant in this range. Most of the products are shipped from China and Peru. Imports of aquatic invertebrates amounted to 104 tons (10.4-fold increase) and USD 356,400 (12.6% decrease). In monetary terms, the largest share of imports was sea urchins, which were supplied to Russia from Japan and the Faroe Islands. Earlier, it was also reported that Russia has become the second-largest cheese importer in the world. 

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