China Crustaceans Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The detailed analysis of the China Crustaceans Market is provided by giving production, consumption, imports, and exports within the country.

Market Snapshot

China Crustaceans
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 4.8 %

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Market Overview

The Chinese crustacean production was peaked at 7.3 million metric tons in 2019, with shrimps & prawns garnering the largest share accounting for nearly 48% of the overall crustacean production in the country during the same period. Despite being a major producer of crustaceans, the country also strengthened its import share during 2019-20, while surpassing the United States. For instance, during 2019-20, the country imported 842,325 metric tons of crustaceans, majorly from Ecuador, India, Canada, Thailand, and Vietnam. The overhaul in the imports particularly during 2019-20, was possibly due to the influence of heavy rainfall in Southern China. Thus, the rising imports can further be translated directly into the increasing consumption demand in various parts of the country.

Scope of the Report

Crustaceans (Crustacea) form a large, diverse arthropod taxon that includes such animals as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimps, prawns, krill, woodlice, and barnacles (Food and Agricultural Organization). For the purpose of the study, crustaceans are limited to shrimps, prawns, crabs, krill, lobsters, and sea spiders among others have been considered to evaluate the market trends in the Chinese market.

Wild Catch
Species Type
Shrimps & Prawns
Freshwater Crustaceans
Marine Crustaceans
Krills & Crabs
Other Crustaceans
Country Analysis
Production Analysis
Consumption Analysis and Market Value
Import Market Analysis(Volume and Value)
Export Market Analysis(Volume and Value)
Price Trend Analysis

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Key Market Trends

Shifting Consumption and Trade Position of Chinese Seafood

China is one of the largest consumers of seafood, which consumes nearly 40% of global seafood and aquatic production in the world. In volume terms, China consumers nearly seven times higher than the seafood consumed by North America as a whole. This trend is further strengthened by the rising imports of crustaceans, especially surpassing the United States market. For instance, as per the statistics released by the United Nationa Commodity Trade Database, the imports of crustaceans in 2016-17 was peaked at 194,632 metric tons in 2016, which has significantly increased by nearly four-fold to 842,325 metric tons by 2019. This abnormal increase in imports is particularly attributed to the stalled production in the country, thereby shifting the consumption pattern from production dependent to import-dependent in the years to come.

China Crustaceans Market: Import Volume in metric ton, 2016-19

Chinese Seafood Exports to Stall Depsite the Rising Domestic Demand

Chinese crustacean exports were peaked at 171,216 metric tons in 2016, which significantly declined by 31.5% to 117,294 metric tons by 2019. Korea, Japan, Taipei, Hongkong, and Spain were the major import destinations of crustaceans from the Chinese market, accounting for nearly 22.6%, 18.1%, 12.5%, 11.9%, and 8.5% shares respectively. Moreover, the import shares of crustaceans in Korea and Japan increased significantly from 18.6% to 22.6% from 2018 to 2019 in the case of Korea, and 13.7% to 18.1% during the same period in case of Japan. Thus, the sharp increase in the export demand from these two countries, clearly reveals a potential opportunity for crustacean exports in the years to come.

China Crustacean Market: Export Share in %, Major Export Destinations, 2019

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions & Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Regional Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 PESTLE Analysis

      2. 4.4.2 Supply Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cultured

      2. 5.1.2 Wild Catch

    2. 5.2 Species Type

      1. 5.2.1 Shrimps & Prawns

      2. 5.2.2 Freshwater Crustaceans

      3. 5.2.3 Marine Crustaceans

      4. 5.2.4 Krills & Crabs

      5. 5.2.5 Other Crustaceans

    3. 5.3 Country Analysis

      1. 5.3.1 Production Analysis

      2. 5.3.2 Consumption Analysis and Market Value

      3. 5.3.3 Import Market Analysis(Volume and Value)

      4. 5.3.4 Export Market Analysis(Volume and Value)

      5. 5.3.5 Price Trend Analysis


  7. 7. IMPACT OF COVID-19

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