Covid, sluggish overseas markets, hit India’s seafood exports in 2020-21

The Covid pandemic and sluggish abroad markets have cast their shadow in excess of India’s resurgent seafood sector, as the state exported 11,forty nine,341 tonnes of maritime solutions value Rs forty three,717.26 crore ($five.ninety six billion) during FY 2020-21, dropping by 10.88 for every cent in quantity terms compared with the calendar year-back period.


The US, China and the European Union were the major importers, whilst frozen shrimp retained its placement as the key export item, followed by frozen fish.

In 2019-twenty, India exported 12,89,651 tonnes of seafood value Rs 46,662.85 crore ($6.sixty eight billion), marking a 6.31 for every cent decline in rupee terms and 10.eighty one for every cent in dollar worth in 2020-21.

“The pandemic significantly influenced seafood exports during the initial fifty percent of the calendar year, but it revived well in the very last quarter of 2020-21. Also, the aquaculture sector executed far better during this fiscal by contributing sixty seven.ninety nine for every cent of exported things in dollar terms and 46.45 for every cent in quantity, which is 4.41 for every cent and 2.forty eight for every cent larger, respectively, when compared to 2019-twenty,” explained K. S. Srinivas, Chairman of the Maritime Products and solutions Export Development Authority.

Frozen shrimp contributed fifty one.36 for every cent in quantity and seventy four.31 for every cent of the total dollar earnings. The US remained its premier importer (2,seventy two,041 tonnes), followed by China (one,01,846 tones), the EU (70,133 tonnes), Japan (forty,502 tonnes), South-East Asia (38,389 tonnes), and West Asia (29,108 tonnes).

On the other hand, shrimp exports declined by 9.forty seven for every cent in dollar worth and 9.50 for every cent in quantity. Total, shrimp exports were five,ninety,275 tonnes value $4,426.19 million. The export of Vannamei (white leg) shrimp lowered from five,12,204 tonnes to 4,92,271 tonnes in 2020-21.

Japan, the key marketplace for Black Tiger (Penaeus monodon) shrimp, experienced a 39.sixty eight for every cent share in dollar terms, followed by the US (26.03 for every cent), South-East Asia (9.32 for every cent), the EU (8.95 for every cent ), West Asia (6.04 for every cent) and China (three.76 for every cent).

Other elements that influenced exports

Aside from the pandemic affect, the Mpeda chairman explained many other elements negatively impacted seafood exports during 2020-21. On the output side, there were decreased fish landings thanks to much less fishing times, sluggish logistic actions and marketplace uncertainties. Shortage of personnel in fishing and processing plants, paucity of containers at seaports, improved air freight rates and limited flight availability influenced exports, primarily of higher-worth chilled and reside solutions.

The problem in the abroad marketplace was one more dampener. In China, container shortage, improved freight rates, and Covid tests on seafood consignments brought on marketplace uncertainties. In the US, shortage of containers built it challenging for exporters to execute orders in time. Closure of the HoReCa (lodge, cafe and café) phase also influenced demand. In Japan and the EU, Covid-induced lockdowns built retail, cafe, grocery store and lodge usage sluggish.