Worldwide demand continues to grow for this affordable fish with producing countries increasingly supplying to domestic markets. Growing demand for tilapia has also encouraged production among small producers.
Frozen fillet exports, the largest export segment for tilapia, declined by 21% while exports of whole frozen and breaded products posted growths of 51% and 8% respectively. Export of other product categories, however, resulted in marginal growth in total tilapia exports during this period, up by only 1.6% from a year ago. Low supplies were largely the result of high mortality during the severe weather conditions in early 2011.
Shipments to the USA, the largest market for Chinese tilapia, declined by 14%, Exports to Mexico showed only a marginal decline. Interestingly, higher exports went to Israel, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, France and Germany.