The price of lobster for export in BCS fell by 25 dollars; losses estimated at 2,000 million pesos

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After China’s impositions on Mexico and the cancellation of certifications to lobster exporting plants, losses of 2,000 million pesos are estimated in the BCS sector.

After impositions of the Chinese Government to cancel plants that process live lobster to the same country, the price of the product fell to 25 dollars per kilo and have already extracted 50% of the marine animal; there will be a millionaire loss of 2,000 million pesos, informed the Secretary of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Agricultural Development (Sepada), José Alfredo Bermúdez Beltrán.

“Unfortunately the price fell in some period of the catch by 50%, now it is at 40 dollars, when its real value should be 65 dollars per kilo, it is a millionaire loss for the North Pacific sector and the cooperative also from the state of Baja California. The loss will amount to about 2,000 million pesos, a very heavy loss this season,” he said.

The above, announcing that the lobster catch was reactivated despite the trade problem imposed by China to Mexico, who canceled certifications to plants that process the live animal: “That is a unilateral issue, because we do not have a trade agreement with China, they decided on their own to cancel these plants for non-compliance with safety factors, but there is no technical or scientific support for that decision,” he said.

“Of the 1,800 average tons, 900 tons have already been caught and marketed through the packing plants owned by the Chinese companies,” he announced, informing that the extraction was stopped for a week, but given the fixed costs, such as payroll and social security, it had to be activated.

“The season closes in May 2022, we believe that, if in the next 15 days we can achieve certification (sic), if it is not achieved it will be a greater economic loss to those 1,500 families and the 600 families working in the processing plants, because we can not stop the catch,” he said.

“That is why this is being dealt with at a global level, a written statement has already been made to the World Trade Organization by the Mexican government against the country of China for a unilateral measure that affects the lobster trade specifically,” he concluded.

With information from BCS Noticias

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