This market reports focuses on catfish in the US. It deals with harvests, prices, markets and imports of the species.
1. NORTH AMERICA
1.1 United States
The average CIF price of catfish / pangasius fillets (basa, swai or tra) imported in May was USD 3,973 per tonne, 2% higher than in April and 9% lower than in May 2018. In the first five months, the average was USD 4,803/t, up 20% on that of the same period last year.
Graph 1: Average CIF customs price of US imports of frozen catfish/pangasius fillets (HS 0304620020), 2015–2019, USD/t
In May, incoming volumes of frozen catfish fillets of basa and panga reported 2,656 tonnes, worth USD 10,553,000, up 2% in volume and 9% less in value on those imported in the previous month, and down 58% in volume and 61% in value on those imported in May 2018.
Graph 2: US imports of frozen fillets of catfish (Basa/Pangasius) (HS 0304620020), 2015–2019, tonnes and thousands USD
In the period totalled 25,612 tonnes for USD 123,021,000, 17% lower volume and 1% lower value than in the previous year. Vietnam was the supplier of 25,032 tonnes while China was the source of 579 tonnes.
Graph 3: US imports of frozen fillets of catfish (Basa/Pangasius) (HS 0304620020),January-May 2015–2019