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Taiwan exports slip, imports gain; consumption hits 200,000 tons.

Finfish displace shrimp as leading export. Domestic consumption shows 22% increase.

Frozen food exports suffered a setback in Taiwan last year, while imports were up, according to figures from the Chinese Frozen Food Institute (CFFI). But domestic QFF consumption passed the 200,000-ton mark, or nearly 10 kilograms per capita.

At 408,478 tons, valued at almost $1.2 billion, QFF exports for 1992 were off 20% compared to 1991, while at 116,390 tons and $303.6 million, imports increase 11.5%. Eel exports were especially hard hit according to one table, but there was also a sharp drop in pork.

In a sharp reversal of fortune, shrimp exports fell from 178,907 to 7,644 tons, whereas finfish exports were up from 11,341 to 193,575. It should be pointed out, however, that totals for a number of categories differ between the main table for 1992 and other tables giving more detail on those specific categories or year-to-year figures.

Frozen eel exports plummeted from 26,233 tons and $395.4 million to 659 tons and $3.4 million, according to the main table. Frozen mollusc exports plunged from 29,487 tons and $39.1 million to 1,025 tons and $4.4 million. Overall fish and seafood exports were off from 246,063 tons and $744.9 million to 203,035 tons and $452.6 million.

But another table, comparing 1992 and 1991 exports country-by country shows a slight increase in prepared eel exports, from 25,508 tons and $390.4 million to 25,597 tons and $413 million. Japan, not surprisingly, accounted for a lion's share of the category, at 24,905 tons, but that was off slightly from the year before. Roast eel exports, meanwhile, were off from 2,446 tons and $32.7 million to 1,351 tons and $20.1 million.

In meat and poultry, frozen pork exports slid from 187,950 tons and $798 million to 136,341 tons and $637.2 million, again according to the main table. Vegetables showed a decline, from 72,526 tons and $114.4 million to 62,607 tons and $106.2 million. Another table showed total exports of 69,255 tons and $125.4 million, with soybeans leading all categories at 39,635 tons and $70.4 million, and with Japan, again, dominating the market. The increase in imports, meanwhile, was a broad-based phenomenon, in categories ranging from fish to sheep, the CFFI table indicated.

Domestic consumption had been given as 138,257 tons by Lin Tungkuo, director of the CFFI; but it turns out his total doesn't count imported meat, which brings the overall total to 201,787 tons, compared to 164,840 calculated on the same basis for 1991. QFF consumption includes domestic production exclusive of exports, which was 85,398 tons last year compared to TABULAR DATA OMITTED 60,397 the year before, plus imports, which came to 52,859 tons excluding meat and 116,209 tons including meat (Again, there is apparently a discrepancy between the table Lin used and the one that totals imports at 116,390 tons).

Although no breakdown of consumption was available at press time, it seems likely that prepared foods -- which accounted for more than two thirds of domestic output and more than a quarter of overall consumption in 1991 -- showed a substantial increase. But a lot of the increase may also have been in commodity items that failed to find export markets. The rate of increase between 1991 and 1992 was nearly 22% counting meat imports, and just over 31% not counting them.
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Title Annotation:1993 Global Frozen Foods Almanac; frozen foods industry
Publication:Quick Frozen Foods International
Date:Oct 1, 1993
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