SalmonChile suspends all salmon shipments to China

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This will continue in this way until the health emergency is controlled.

In a press release, the trade organisation representing Chile’s largest salmon farmers including AquaChile, Cermaq Chile, Salmones Camanchaca and more, said that the measure is not directly related to the coronavirus but it is because demand decreased to a minimum.

Chinese authorities have told people to avoid crowds, which is why restaurants and large supermarket chains are closing, it wrote.

Chinese salmon exports represented 5 per cent of the total of shipments last year.

SalmonChile president Arturo Clement. PHOTO: Owen Evans

SalmonChile boss Arturo Clement confirmed the news to SalmonBusiness in email.

The organisation wrote that work is being done to redirect cargo to China to other markets in the world, such as Brazil, the United States or Southeast Asia, which are within the main salmon destinations.

“In any case, it’s a situation that keeps us worried and in constant monitoring and we hope that shipments can be reactivated as soon as possible, because the demand for Chilean salmon from that country has been growing over the years, becoming an important destination for the industry,” SalmonChile wrote.