By: Paul B. Brown Jr.*
Although December 2016 shrimp imports were down 3.4 percent, annual imports for 2016 were 3 percent higher than the prior year establishing a new record import volume of 1.33 billion lbs. of shrimp.
HLSO imports were 3.5 percent higher for the year. Peeled imports were 4.3 percent higher annually. Cooked imports were higher both for the month and the year while breaded imports were lower.
Indian shrimp imports remained huge, up 20.8 percent in December and 13.5 percent for the year; Indonesian imports were slightly higher. Ecuador imports were sharply lower in December and down 14.6 percent for the year. Thailand imports were up 3.2 percent for December and up a healthy 10.3 percent for all for 2016. Vietnamese imports were sharply lower in December but held a positive increase of 5.1 percent for the year. Chinese imports were higher. Mexican imports were sharply lower for December and off 9.6 percent for the year but likely off much more significantly on a seasonal basis.
NMFS released their final landings report of the year, and it showed December 2016 landings (all species, headless) totaling 5.85 million lbs. compared to 8.47 million in December 2015. This brings the 2016 annual total to 93.88 million lbs; 12.15 percent below the Jan-Dec 2015 total of 106.87 million lbs. This is the lowest annual total on record in the 20 years researched.