ECUADOR DOMESTIC SHRIMP TRADE TO SHOW SIGNS OF RECOVERY
Ecuador domestic shrimp trade to show signs of recovery
The Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture, representing the shrimp sector of Ecuador, stated that, with the end of holidays in China, domestic trade will begin to show signs of recovery, reactivating the demand for shrimp very soon.
The announcement of Chinese authorities regarding the completion of the long holiday generates a positive expectation for the Ecuadorian shrimp industry that expects a fast recovery of the demand, especially the one focusing on safe food.
According to the Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador, José Antonio Camposano, this news is positive because the South American country is recognized for its excellent reputation as one of the largest shrimp producers worldwide, with a clean record in traceability and harmlessness. “What happened in China will undoubtedly generate more attention from consumers concerning the conditions of the food they buy. Regarding the Ecuadorian shrimp, Chinese consumers can have the certainty that they are buying, not only the best shrimp in the world, but the safest, the healthiest, the only one with reliable traceability and the most natural one”.
We must remember that Ecuador was the pioneer country in obtaining ASC certification, one of the most demanding in the world in terms of health and social responsibility. Likewise, the Ecuadorian industry has added a considerable amount of certifications, which has made it worthy of an excellent position in the international market, including the Chinese market to which it sells 67% of its production.
“Ecuador not only complies with the most demanding standards and certifications in terms of health, safety, conservation and social responsibility, but also has the only shrimp certified as free of antibiotics through the “Sustainable Shrimp Partnership” initiative, which has the endorsement of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (HDI)”, Camposano added. “We are focusing all our efforts to guarantee Chinese consumers 100% of the traceability of our product, taking care of every detail in the production chain so that they can resume consumption levels ensuring that the Ecuadorian shrimp is one of the healthiest proteins available in the market”, the leader concluded.
Ecuador exported USD 2,000 million of shrimp to China equivalent to 930 million pounds (422 tons), according to the National Aquaculture Chamber.