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The latest figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have revealed that Indonesia is the top shrimp exporter to the US in April 2016 despite a 15.5 per cent drop in its exports

Indonesia remains top US shrimp supplierYear-on-year shrimp value in the US fell by 3.4 per cent. (Image Source: Jacqueline Macou/Pixabay)

Indonesia's shrimp exports to the US fell year-on-year in April 2016 from 11,640 tonnes to 9,833 tonnes. However, it has a higher number of exports than India, the second-largest exporter. India's exports to the US decreased by almost 29 per cent, from 10,787 tonnes in April 2015 to 7,676 tonnes in 2016.

Overall, year-on-year shrimp exports in April fell by 13.6 per cent, to 39,311 mt, and shrimp value fell by 3.4 per cent, from US$9.72/kilo to US$9.39/kilo.

Thailand’s shrimp exports have seen a slight increase from 5,164 tonnes to 5,189 tonnes, overtaking Ecuador to become the third largest exporter to the US. Ecuador shrimp exports have fallen by 23.2 per cent.

Vietnam, China and Mexico remain the fifth, sixth and seventh-largest shrimp exporters to the US. However, exports from Malaysia and Peru dropped steeply, by 98 per cent and 30.3 per cent, respectively.