Spanish exports of canned and semi-preserved fish and seafood appear to have recovered over the past year, following constant fall exercises. Thus, about 149,230 tonnes were exported, worth about 655 million euros. These figures indicate a 6.4% growth in volume sales, although in value there was a decrease of 0.4%. This loss in value is mainly due to the decline in tuna prices. The main export is tuna canned products, accounting for 62.5% of all volume sales abroad and 68.4% in value. All canned molluscs and cephalopods reach 13.9% by volume and 9.9% by value. Of note in this case were the increases in sales of canned octopus (+ 14.1%) mainly directed to the United States market. The exports of canned mussels (+ 16.8%) also performed well. Canned crustaceans account for 4.8% of all foreign trade in volume and 4.7% in value. The following are the anchovies, with shares of 4.7% and 6.5%, surimi (3.6% and 2.2%), mackerel (2% and 1.7%) and sardines (1.5% In volume and value). All other preserves represent the remaining 5.9% by volume and 4.9% by value. In view of its destination markets, the most important is Italian, since 32.4% of all exports are directed in volume and 34.3% in value. France, with respective shares of 22% and 19.5%, Portugal (12.2% and 11.2%), Germany (6.2% and 6.1%), the United Kingdom (5.6% (1.4% and 1.5%), Algeria (1, 2% and 6%), Belgium (1.8% and 1.6%), the United States 2% and 1.3%) and Morocco (1% and 0.3%). As far as imports are concerned, imports grew by 10% in volume and by 2.9% in value, reaching 124,600 tonnes and 431,7 million euros. The most important imported consignment is tuna canning, with respective quotas of 27.9% and 28.3%. Canned molluscs and cephalopods account for 13.3% by volume and 15% by value. They are followed in importance by canned crustaceans (12.1% and 15%) and surimi (11.9% and 6.3%). Our main suppliers are Ecuador (18.6% of the total in volume), Morocco (10.5%), China (10%) and Vietnam (5.2%).
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