Peruvian prawns gain entry into Australian market

11:28 | Lima, May. 22.

Peru will export 40 tons of frozen prawns to Australia in the second half of 2019, thereby making its entry into said market, Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) informed.

The announcement came after Peru's National Service of Fisheries Health (Sanipes) received a letter of approval from the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources authorizing the entry of Peruvian frozen prawns for the first time.

It must be noted the demand for prawns in this market was created as a result of joint actions between Peru's Trade Office in Sydney (Ocex Sydney) —under the lead of Trade Advisor Mario Carlos Vargas— and Peruvian company Ecosac.

They have held working meetings —since January this year— with representatives of Australian leading supermarkets and importers such as Woolworths, Coles, among others.

"The entry of Peruvian prawns into Australia is an achievement for the whole country. Even though the first shipment will include 40 tons of prawns —valued at nearly US$700,000— we are confident this number will grow by 2020," it noted.

Prawn market

Last year, Australia imported around US$187 million worth of frozen prawns, making it the 19th largest importer of this product in the world.

Australia's largest supplier was Thailand, followed by China, Vietnam, and Malaysia, which together made up 92% of its total prawn import volume.

Other suppliers of frozen prawns are Brunei, Bangladesh and Singapore, being Argentina the only South American country to export this product to Australia.


Published: 5/22/2019