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Russian seafood imports grow 2.4% through September

The growth came predominantly from ready-to-eat and canned fish imports.

Russia’s overall seafood imports reached 412,300 metric tons through September, an increase of 2.4 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to government statistics.

The growth came predominantly from ready-to-eat and canned fish imports, which jumped 30 percent to 72,000 metric tons.

Imports of fresh and chilled fish climbed 24 percent to 26,700 metric tons and imports of crustaceans, mollusks and other invertebrates increased 10.6 percent to 47,000 metric tons.

However, the country’s imports of frozen fish decreased 6.1 percent over the same period to 205,300 metric tons, making up 49.8 percent of the country's total imports.

Fish fillet and other fish meat imports also declined 3.3 percent to 42,800 metric tons in the first nine months of the year.

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