HONDURAS: In the first four months of this year, exports of tilapia fillets from Honduras generated USD 17.2 million in revenues from the sale of 3,027.5 tonnes of this product, according to a report by the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).
These figures are somewhat lower than those recorded in the first four months of 2016, when 3,549.7 tonnes of fillets worth USD 20.8 million were exported.
In the past year, 8,865.7 tonnes (a little more than 19.5 million pounds) were exported to the United States, Europe and Asia, leaving an economic spill of USD 50.9 million in foreign currency, based on an average price per kilo of USD 5.74.
Gross tilapia production exceeds 26 million pounds each year in Honduras and the country remains the leading supplier of tilapia fillets to the United States market, compared to the rest of Latin America.
Since 2014, Honduras has surpassed Ecuador and Costa Rica, which were the main sellers of this product, and now ranks among the 20 largest producers in the world, according to FAO.
The statistical data handled by the Agribusiness Unit of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) show that exports of fresh tilapia from Honduras began their growth in 2005 and have since maintained a positive trade balance.
Shipments of this product are divided into: fresh or refrigerated whole tilapia; whole frozen tilapia; fresh tilapia fillets; and dried fillets dried as well as salted tilapia or non-smoked tilapia in brine.