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New Zealand seafood exports reach record $1.63 billion

Staff writer |
New Zealand seafood exports reached a record high of $1.63 billion last year, up over 6% on 2014.

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Seafood New Zealand chief executive, Tim Pankhurst, said that the growth was most pronounced in the final two months of the year.

Up to the end of October export growth was tracking at about 3%, but increased demand in November and December pushed the growth to over 20% for those two months and lifted total growth for the year to 6.6%.

“A significant part of this growth was from Greenshell™ Mussel exports as new season supplies became available. Three hundred tonnes of mussels were shipped to Korea in December compared with 97 tonnes in the same period in 2014. Total exports to Korea grew by 11.6% last year,” he said.

Despite economic uncertainty in China, exports to China grew by 14.9%. Exports to the United States also showed strong growth of 12.2%.