Overview of main trends in Russian seafood imports in 2006

March 26, 2007 14:26

In general the year 2006 was characterized by growing import value of finfish and other aquatic species (HSC codes 03, 1604, 1605) by 259 million USD (25.15% up) as compared to 2005, according to provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service.

However, in volume terms Russia's import decreased by 104,642 tonnes (10.86% down) as compared to 2005.

Restrictions for import of chilled Atlantic salmon which had been introduced by Russian veterinaries were the main factor behind the decrease of supplies from Norway, though Norway remained Russia's leading importer of finfish and other aquatic species.

Denmark and Great Britain slightly decreased their shipments to Russia by 1.55% and 0.25% as compared to 2005.

Supplies of non-finfish species to Russia were more dynamic than those of finfish with both volume and value considerably rising (by more than 50% in volume and nearly 2.5-fold in value).

Russia's total imports of finfish and other aquatic species

Country

2006

2005

2006 versus 2005

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value,+/-  %

Volume, +/- %

Norway

429,784,793

263,790,954

448,869,668

350,376,449

-4.25%

-24.71%

China

124,792,129

58,924,882

80,288,803

48,533,165

+55.43%

+21.41%

Vietnam

104,200,029

52,415,854

Denmark

89,468,665

35,345,449

64,368,893

35,901,021

+38.99%

-1.55%

UK

54,384,357

35,452,452

34,993,712

35,542,595

+55.41%

-0.25%

TOTAL

1,331,911,690

858,429,643

1,072,788,128

963,053,264

+24.15%

-10.86%

Note: Table has been compiled from provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service

Diagram total imports 2006

Herring

Comparative analysis of Russia's herring imports has revealed that a dramatic increase of supplies of frozen herring (HSC codes 030350 + 030420750) by Iceland (nearly by 100%) and the Faroe Islands hardly influenced the general trend of falling volumes of imported products. More specifically, the volume fell from 237,609.417 tonnes worth 202.7 million USD in 2005 to 207,998.737 tonnes worth 197 million USD in 2006.

Despite a 20%-decrease of herring supplies to Russia, Norway still left Iceland, the Faroese Islands and Finland well behind in terms of seafood import volume.

In general, the volume of herring imports to Russia went down by 12.46%.

030350 (Cluрea harengus, Cluрea рallasii) +030420750 - herring frozen except for liver and milt + frozen herring fillets

Country

2006

2005

2006 versus 2005

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value,+/-  %

Volume, +/- %

Norway

168,550,659

177,738,358

187,283,519

218,466,947

-10.00%

-18.64%

Iceland

14,196,440

12,881,218

7,706,258

7,225,698

+84.22%

+78.27%

Finland

1,756,782

3,468,303

1,755,748

4,462,412

+0.06%

-22.28%

Faroe Islands

16,939,353

4,157,366

1,222,981

371,118

+1285.09%

+1020.23%

UK

7,009,643

7,657,198

6,005,275

7,454,360

+16.72%

+2.72%

TOTAL

199,818,575

212,328,065

213,529,238

254,078,522

-6.42%

-16.43%

Note: Table has been compiled from provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service

Diagram herring imports 2006 

Salmon spp.

Remaining Russia's major supplier of chilled and frozen salmon (HSC 030211 + 030212 + 03031), Norway decreased the volume of its supplies of salmon to Russia by 27.76%. Thanks to increasing shipments from the United Kingdom (+189.02%), Chile (+140.84%) and Faroe Islands (+1020.23%) the total volume of supplies dropped only by 6.19%. The Faroe Islands strengthened their position on the Russian market by increasing their supplies to the country more than 10 times.

The import value of chilled and frozen salmon increased by more than 57 million USD or by 23.34%.

030211 (Salmo trutta, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Oncorhynchus clarki, Oncorhynchus aguabonita, Oncorhynchus gilae, Oncorhynchus aрache and Oncorhynchus chrysogaster) + 030212 + 03031 (Oncorhynchus nerka, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, Oncorhynchus keta, Oncorhynchus tschawytscha, Oncorhynchus kisutch, Oncorhynchus masou and Oncorhynchus rhodurus) +03032 (Salmo salar), salmonids, salmons chilled and frozen

Country

2006

2005

2006 versus 2005

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value,+/-  %

Volume, +/- %

Norway

208,419,218

51,149,879

213,349,141

70,806,360

-2.31%

-27.76%

Chile

34,820,530

8,663,145

11,536,664

3,597,100

+201.82%

+140.84%

Denmark

13,132,961

3,276,784

7,495,461

2,348,042

+75.21%

+39.55%

Faroe Islands

16,939,353

4,157,366

1,222,981

371,118

+1285.09%

+1020.23%

UK

7,975,202

3,707,462

1,233,411

1,282,767

+546.60%

+189.02%

TOTAL

301,516,542

78,786,077

244,452,708

83,980,287

+23.34%

-6.19%

Note: Table has been compiled from provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service

Diagram salmon imports 2006

Hake

The USA, Russia's main exporter of hake (HSC 0303781 + 03049047) increased the value of its seafood export to the country by 27% and at the same time decreased the volume by 17%. Canada, Uruguay and Argentina nearly halved the volume of their seafood exports to Russia.

In 2006 Russia imported whiting 37.33% less as compared to the volume in 2005. That was the largest change as compared to salmons and herring.

0303781 (Merluccius sрр.) +03049047, frozen hake including fillets

Country

2006

2005

2006 versus 2005

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value,+/-  %

Volume, +/- %

USA

26 375 459

17 454 879

20 767 645

20 959 915

+27,00%

-16,72%

Canada

7 055 644

4 571 683

9 763 764

9 596 134

-27,74%

-52,36%

Uruguay

5 344 919

3 848 366

4 715 135

6 107 804

+13,36%

-36,99%

Argentina

3 549 018

2 572 618

3 847 775

4 701 559

-7,76%

-45,28%

Chile

456 254

296 878

438 036

516 023

+4,16%

-42,47%

TOTAL

43 222 513

29 033 201

42 971 158

46 329 829

+0,58%

-37,33%

Note: Table has been compiled from provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service

Diagram hake imports 2006

Shrimps

Denmark remained Russia's leading suppliers of shrimps (HSC 030613). The volume of Danish shrimps imported to the country accounted for more than 50% of Russia's total shrimp imports. However, the value of imports increased nearly 1.5-fold from 77.5 million USD in 2005 to 114.3 million USD in 2006.

Russia's second leading exporter Canada also increased shrimp supplies to the country, but the rise was not large at 7%.

Thailand and Bangladezh boosted their shrimp supplies to Russia by 392.04% and 172.87% correspondingly.

The total volume of shimps imported to Russia in 2006 grew by 0.88%.

030613 - Shrimps

Country

2006

2005

2006 versus 2005

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value,+/-  %

Volume, +/- %

Denmark

66,347,156

28,822,677

50,479,789

30,686,730

+31.43%

-6.07%

Canada

21,766,641

9,141,829

15,049,356

8,545,114

+44.64%

+6.98%

Bangladezh

5,630,642

1,188,908

1,189,483

435,710

+373.37%

+172.87%

Estonia

4,099,656

1,910,372

3,959,673

2,290,233

+3.54%

-16.59%

Thailand

3,122,384

1,023,352

546,949

207,983

+470.87%

+392.04%

TOTAL

114,263,531

45,314,022

77,654,708

44,916,967

+47.14%

+0.88%

Note: Table has been compiled from provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service

Diagram shrimp imports 2006

Scallops

Unlike finfish import with volumes tending to decrease, Russia's import of other than finfish aquatic products tended to rise.

In particular, in 2006 Russia boosted its purchases of scallops (HSC 030721 + 030729). The first place in volume terms was taken by China which exported 92.985 tonnes of scallops in 2006 up from 20.503 tonnes in 2005.

The second leading exporter of scallops to Russia was the USA increasing its supplies by about one third from 59.864 tonnes to 87.058 tonnes.

The third place was taken by Denmark which boosted its sales of scallops to Russia from 38.678 tonnes to 67.117 tonnes.

In 2006 Russia's total import of scallops grew both in value by 139.47% and in volume by 69.07%.

030721 (Pecten, Chlamys or Placopecten)+030729 - Scallops

Country

2006

2005

2006 versus 2005

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value, USD

Volume, kg

Value,+/-  %

Volume, +/- %

USA

614,438

87,058

321,571

59,864

+91.07%

+45.43%

China

427,010

92,985

71,559

20,503

+496.72%

+353.52%

Denmark

316,282

67,117

85,097

38,676

+271.67%

+73.54%

Belgium

56,366

11,590

20,637

8,305

+173.13%

+39.55%

France

53,288

4,621

40,291

5,071

+32.26%

-8.87%

TOTAL

1,591,407

286,585

664,554

169,510

+139.47%

+69.07%

Note: Table has been compiled from provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service

Diagram scallops imports 2006

Note: All diagrams have been built by fishnet.ru from provisional figures of Russia's Federal Customs Service

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