US market bleak
The USA is the world’s main importer of shrimp with about 550 000 tonnes annually. 2007 was characterized by a sudden downward trend for shrimp imports by the USA. Following ten years of constant expansion, the USA imported only 557 000 tonnes of shrimp in 2007, worth US$ 3.9 billion. This corresponds to a 6% drop in volume and a 5% drop in value on 2006 figures.