WHILST the Russian import ban has left US, EU and Norwegian salmon producers desperate to find alternative markets, salmon companies in Chile are predicted to take advantage and treble shipments of frozen product to Russia.
A report in FIS explains that prior to the ban, the bulk of the 20,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon and trout Russia consumes each month was imported from Norway and Scotland – about 10 per cent of the world salmon market.
According to one Chilean entrepreneur, ‘Chile should sell Russia between 2,500 and 3,000 tonnes monthly and with this opening, we estimate that monthly closings should be about 7,000 to 8,000 tonnes.’
The Chilean salmon industry in general recognises that this is a golden opportunity to show the rest of the world the quality of the salmon produced in Chile.
Prior to the ban Chile exported few products to Russia but now, says SUBSPECA Aquaculture Manager, Jose Miguel Burgos, Chile is working hard with Russia to get the health requirements of its fishery produce up to scratch.
‘We were recently in commission with them making progress on this, so we’ve been preparing to meet the different requirements in order to do a good job’, he said.