consumers in Asia, Africa and South America. During 2012, China is likely to export more to Africa and focus less on the US marketDespite harsh weather conditions, Chinese export volumes of tilapia grew 2.3 percent with an increased value of 10 percent in 2011.
Frozen fillet exports decreased 15 percent in volume, but this was somewhat compensated for by higher shipments of the cheaper whole frozen tilapia to African markets such as Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria and Benin. Average export prices strengthened toUSD 1.88 per kg in 2011, up 13 percent
United States imports of tilapia in 2011 declined forthe first time in a decade, decreasing 10 percent to 192900 tonnes, while the import value declined a marginal0.5 percent, to USD 838 million, as tilapia suffers in the competition with the cheaper pangasius
EU imports in 2011 saw a 1 percent increase, reaching20 700 tonnes. China, EU’s main supplier, saw shipmentsdecline slightly, but imports were higher from other Asiansources such as Viet Nam, Taiwan PC and Indonesia,which increased by 160 percent, 13 percent and 9 percent,respectively.
Large private sector investments into the sector areboosting production in a number of countries in the region,including Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.Production is targeting both domestic consumption as wellas export markets.