Top Shrimps Exports by Country 2020

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Overall exports of shrimps totaled US$17.8 billion worth of international sales in 2020.

The total value for shrimp exports reflects a -1.2% decrease since 2016 and a -7.6% drop from 2019 to 2020.

Values by Type of Exported Shrimps

The value of exported frozen shrimps increased by 4.2% from $17.1 billion in 2016 to $17.8 billion during 2020. Year over year, exports for frozen shrimps decreased by -7.6% from 2019 to 2020.

In contrast exports of fresh, salted and smoked shrimps plunged by -99.4% from $522.2 million in 2016 compared to $3.1 million in 2020.

There are six different Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes for shrimps and prawns: 030613 and 030617 for frozen seawater shrimps and prawns; 030616 for frozen freshwater shrimps and prawns; 030623 and 030627 for fresh, salted or smoked seawater shrimps and prawns; and 030626 for fresh, salted or smoked freshwater shrimps and prawns.

Frozen seawater shrimps generated $16.2 billion in export sales during 2020, up by 4.4% from $15.6 billion in 2016 but down by -7.8% from 2019 to 2020.

Below are the 15 countries that sold the highest dollar value worth of globally exported frozen seawater shrimps.

  1. India: US$3.8 billion (23.4% of exported frozen seawater shrimps)
  2. Ecuador: $3.6 billion (22.4%)
  3. Vietnam: $1.9 billion (12%)
  4. Indonesia: $1.4 billion (8.7%)
  5. Argentina: $829.9 million (5.1%)
  6. Thailand: $562.7 million (3.5%)
  7. China: $461.2 million (2.8%)
  8. Bangladesh: $319.1 million (2%)
  9. Spain: $286.1 million (1.8%)
  10. Mexico: $274.9 million (1.7%)
  11. Netherlands: $246.6 million (1.5%)
  12. Peru: $217.5 million (1.3%)
  13. Honduras: $193.6 million (1.2%)
  14. Malaysia: $185.1 million (1.1%)
  15. United Arab Emirates: $183.3 million (1.1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 89.8% of all exported frozen seawater shrimps in 2020.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing frozen seawater shrimps exporters since 2016 were: United Arab Emirates (up 254.3%), Netherlands (up 71.2%), Ecuador (up 60.9%) and Peru (up 40.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exports of frozen seawater shrimps were led by: China (down -56%), Thailand (down -38.7%), Honduras (down -36.5%) and Bangladesh (down -28.6%).

 

Frozen freshwater shrimps generated $1.56 billion in export sales during 2020, up 2.1% since 2016 but down by -4.9% from 2019 to 2020.

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of frozen freshwater shrimps.

  1. Greenland: US$426.6 million (27.4% of exported frozen cold water shrimps)
  2. Denmark: $290.6 million (18.7%)
  3. Canada: $236.8 million (15.2%)
  4. Ecuador: $197 million (12.7%)
  5. Netherlands: $107.1 million (6.9%)
  6. Russia: $77.3 million (5%)
  7. China: $50.1 million (3.2%)
  8. Morocco: $21.6 million (1.4%)
  9. Faroe Islands: $14.8 million (1%)
  10. Germany: $14.3 million (0.9%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: $13.4 million (0.9%)
  12. Thailand: $12.5 million (0.8%)
  13. United States of America: $9.1 million (0.6%)
  14. Saudi Arabia: $8.4 million (0.5%)
  15. Norway: $7.2 million (0.5%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 95.6% of all exported frozen freshwater shrimps in 2020.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of frozen freshwater shrimps since 2016 were: United Arab Emirates (up 524.2%), Germany (up 453.4%), Greenland (up 227.2%) and Saudi Arabia (up 206.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exports of frozen freshwater shrimps were led by: Morocco (down -64.2%), United States (down -62.7%), Thailand (down -54.5%) and Ecuador (down -39.5%).

Exports of fresh, salted or smoked seawater shrimps were valued at $3.1 million for 2020, down -99.4% since 2016 and down by -86.6% from 2019 to 2020.

Below are the countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fresh, salted or smoked seawater shrimps.

  1. Philippines: US$2.5 million (80.5% of exported seawater fresh, salted or smoked shrimps)
  2. Mexico: $401,000 (13%)
  3. Venezuela: $198,000 (6.4%)
  4. Egypt: $2,000 (0.1%)
  5. Suriname: $1,000 (0.03%)
  6. Benin: $1,000 (0.03%)

By value, the listed countries 100% of all exported fresh, salted or smoked shrimps in 2020.

Venezuela grew the value of its exported fresh, salted or smoked seawater shrimps since 2016 via a 6,500% increase.

In contrast, Mexico endured a -72.7% decline over the 5-year period.

Exports of freshwater fresh, salted or smoked freshwater shrimps were valued at $3 million for 2020, down -99.3% since 2016 but up by 276.4% from 2019 to 2020.

Below are the countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fresh, salted or smoked freshwater shrimps.

  1. Saudi Arabia: US$1.3 million (43.8% of exported fresh, salted or smoked freshwater shrimps)
  2. Nigeria: $857,000 (28.4%)
  3. United Arab Emirates: $455,000 (15.1%)
  4. Yemen: $204,000 (6.8%)
  5. Philippines: $176,000 (5.8%)
  6. Egypt: $4,000 (0.1%)

By value, the listed countries shipped 100% of all exported fresh, salted or smoked freshwater shrimps in 2020.

The fastest-growing shipper of fresh, salted or smoked freshwater shrimps since 2016 was Saudi Arabia via its remarkable gain of 8,169%.

See also Top Red Meat Exporters Ranked by Dollar Value, Top Beef Exporting Countries, Chicken Exports by Country and Pork Exports by Country

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