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Indonesia boosts seafood exports

Christian Fernsby |
According to data from Indonesia’s Central Statistics Agency, the country exported seafood worth USD 427.7 million (EUR 394 million) in March, rising 6.34 percent from February.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

Indonesia’s export volumes of seafood in the first quarter increased 10.96 percent year-on-year to 295,130 metric tons (MT), which was worth USD 1.24 billion (EUR 1.14 billion), up 9.8 percent from a year earlier.

The U.S. was the biggest buyer of seafood products from Indonesia, purchasing volumes worth USD 508.7 million (EUR 469 million), followed by China with USD 173.2 million (EUR 160 million).

Of the total export value in the first three months, sales of shrimp accounted for USD 466.2 million (EUR 430 million) or 37.6 percent of the total. The export value of tuna in the period stood at USD 176.6 million (EUR 163 million) or 14.2 percent of the total.

Indonesia earned USD 131.9 million (EUR 121.6 million) from exports of squid and octopus in the first quarter, followed by USD 105.3 million (EUR 97 million) from crab exports and USD 53.75 million (EUR 49.6 million) from seaweed exports.

As of 21 April, Indonesia had over 7,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 600 deaths, data from The Jakarta Post showed.

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